When FIFA was founded in 1904, there were seven member countries: France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The United States joined the Zurich, Switzerland-based organization in 1913.
FIFA’s six confederations represent different regions of the world: UEFA (Europe), CAF (Africa), CONCACAF (North and Central America), CONMEBOL (South America), OFC (New Zealand and South Pacific island nations) and AFC (Asia).
In addition to the World Cup, which takes place every four years, FIFA organizes the FIFA Club World Cup, which began in 2000. Seven men’s teams participate: winners from each of the six confederations, plus the winning team from the host country.
May 21, 1904 – FIFA is founded in Paris, to promote international football (soccer) tournaments.
1905 – England, which has its own Football Association dating back to 1863, becomes a member nation. The British initially resisted joining FIFA.
1913 – The United States Football Association, now called the United States Soccer Federation, joins FIFA.
1975 – Joseph…