FIFA Congress

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The FIFA Congress is the supreme legislative body of the International Federation of Association Football (French: Fédération Internationale de Football Association), commonly known by the acronym FIFA /ˈffə/. FIFA is the international governing body of association football, futsal and beach football.

The congress may be ordinary or extraordinary. An ordinary congress meets every year, an extraordinary congress may be convened by the FIFA Executive Committee at any time with the support of one fifth of the members of FIFA.[1]

Each of the 211 members of FIFA has one vote in the congress. The members of FIFA can propose candidates for the presidency of FIFA. The FIFA Presidential election takes place at the congress in the year following the FIFA World Cup.[1]

History[edit]

The FIFA congress has been held annually since 1998. It was previously held every two years. Congresses were not held between 1915–1922 and 1939–1945 due to the First and Second World Wars.

FIFA Presidential elections have taken place at the 1st, 3rd, 12th, 29th, 30th, 39th, 51st, 53rd, 61st and 65th congresses.

The 1961 FIFA extraordinary congress in London elected Stanley Rous as President.[2]

The 2016 FIFA extraordinary congress in Zürich elected Gianni Infantino as the new president on 26 February 2016.[3]

Only five elections have had two or more candidates: the 39th (1974), 51st (1998), 53rd (2002), 65th (2015), and 2016 Extraordinary Congress.

List of congresses[edit]

  Congress voting for president
* Extraordinary Congress
Congress
number[4]
Year City Member associations
attending
1st 1904 France Paris 5
2nd 1905 5
3rd 1906 Switzerland Bern 7
4th 1907 Netherlands Amsterdam 12
5th 1908 Austria Vienna 16
* 1908 Belgium Brussels 7
6th 1909 Hungary Budapest 13
7th 1910 Italy Milan 12
8th 1911 Germany Dresden 11
9th 1912 Sweden Stockholm 17
10th 1913 Denmark Copenhagen 12
11th 1914 Norway Christiania (Oslo) 17
12th 1923 Switzerland Geneva 17
13th 1924 France Paris 27
14th 1925 Czechoslovakia Prague 22
15th 1926 Italy Rome 23
16th 1927 Finland Helsinki 21
17th 1928 Netherlands Amsterdam 29
18th 1929 Spain Barcelona 23
19th 1930 Hungary Budapest 27
20th 1931 Germany Berlin 25
21st 1932 Sweden Stockholm 29
22nd 1934 Italy Rome 27
23rd 1936 Germany Berlin 37
24th 1938 France Paris 30
25th 1946 Luxembourg Luxembourg 34
26th 1948 England London 48
27th 1950 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 35
28th 1952 Finland Helsinki 56
* 1953 France Paris 48
29th 1954 Switzerland Bern 52
30th 1956 Portugal Lisbon 57
31st 1958 Sweden Stockholm 62
32nd 1960 Italy Rome 69
* 1961 England London 67
33rd 1962 Chile Santiago 59
34th 1964 Japan Tokyo 99
35th 1966 England London 94
36th 1968 Mexico Guadalajara 78
37th 1970 Mexico Mexico City 86
38th 1972 France Paris 102
39th 1974 West Germany Frankfurt 122
40th 1976 Canada Montreal 108
41st 1978 Argentina Buenos Aires 107
42nd 1980 Switzerland Zürich 103
43rd 1982 Spain Madrid 127
44th 1984 Switzerland Zürich 112
45th 1986 Mexico Mexico City 111
46th 1988 Switzerland Zürich 111
47th 1990 Italy Rome 130
48th 1992 Switzerland Zürich 118
49th 1994 United States Chicago 164
50th 1996 Switzerland Zürich 182
51st (details) 1998 France Paris 196
* 1999 United States Los Angeles 195
52nd 2000 Switzerland Zurich 200
* 2001 Argentina Buenos Aires 202
* 2002 South Korea Seoul 202
53rd (details) 2002 202
* 2003 Qatar Doha 204
54th 2004 France Paris 203
55th 2005 Morocco Marrakesh 203
56th 2006 Germany Munich 207
57th 2007 Switzerland Zürich 206
58th 2008 Australia Sydney 200
59th 2009 The Bahamas Nassau 205
60th 2010 South Africa Johannesburg 207
61st (details) 2011 Switzerland Zürich 208
62nd 2012 Hungary Budapest 209
63rd 2013 Mauritius Mauritius 208
64th 2014 Brazil São Paulo 209
65th (details) 2015 Switzerland Zürich 210
* (details) 2016 207
66th 2016 Mexico Mexico City 209
67th 2017 Bahrain Manama[5]
68th 2018 Russia Moscow
69th 2019 Switzerland Zürich

Extraordinary congresses[edit]

A total of eight extraordinary congresses have taken place: 1908 (Brussels), 1953 (Paris), 1961 (London), 1999 (Los Angeles), 2001 (Buenos Aires), 2002 (Seoul), 2003 (Doha), and 2016 (Zürich).[6] In the 2016 extraordinary congress, FIFA President Sepp Blatter would have remained in his position until his successor is elected.[7] However, due to the fact he was suspended, the Acting FIFA President, Issa Hayatou was in charge of FIFA.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA Congress". FIFA. Archived from the original on 2010-04-05. 
  2. ^ "FIFA presidential elections". FIFA. Archived from the original on 2010-04-08. 
  3. ^ Sweetman, Tom. "FIFA: Presidential election confirmed for February 26". CNN. 20 October 2015. Accessed on 22 December 2015.
  4. ^ "FIFA Congress venues 1904-2016" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "FIFA Council discusses vision for the future of football". 
  6. ^ FIFA Congress venues from 1904 to 2011
  7. ^ "FIFA President to lay down his mandate at extraordinary elective Congress". FIFA. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/acting-president/index.html

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