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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 soccer. The congress may be ordinary or extraordinary.


An ordinary congress meets every year, an extraordinary congress may be convened by the FIFA Council (formerly 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 World Cup Host and Presidency of FIFA. The FIFA Presidential Election and FIFA World Cup Host country election takes place at the congress in the year following the FIFA World Cup. [2]


The FIFA Congress has been held annually since 1998. It was previously held every two years. Congresses were not held between 1915 and 1922 and 1939 to 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. [3] The 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress in Zürich elected Gianni Infantino as the new president on 26 February 2016. [4] 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

  Congress voting for president
* Extraordinary Congress
  Congress vote for World Cup Host
number [5]
YearCityMember associations
1st1904 Flag of France (1794-1958).svg Paris 5
3rd1906 Flag of Switzerland.svg Bern 7
4th1907 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam 12
5th1908 Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918).svg Vienna 16
*1908 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Brussels 7
6th1909 Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918).svg Budapest 13
7th1910 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Milan 12
8th1911 Flag of the German Empire.svg Dresden 11
9th1912 Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm 17
10th1913 Flag of Denmark.svg Copenhagen 12
11th1914 Flag of Norway.svg Christiania (Oslo)17
12th1923 Flag of Switzerland.svg Geneva 17
13th1924 Flag of France (1794-1958).svg Paris27
14th1925 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Prague 22
15th1926 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Rome 23
16th1927 Flag of Finland.svg Helsinki 21
17th1928 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam29
18th1929 Flag of Spain (1785-1873, 1875-1931).svg Barcelona 23
19th1930 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg Budapest27
20th1931 Flag of Germany (3-2 aspect ratio).svg Berlin 25
21st1932 Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm29
22nd1934 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Rome27
23rd1936 Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Berlin37
24th1938 Flag of France (1794-1958).svg Paris30
25th1946 Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg 34
26th1948 Flag of England.svg London 48
27th1950 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Rio de Janeiro 35
28th1952 Flag of Finland.svg Helsinki56
*1953 Flag of France.svg Paris48
29th1954 Flag of Switzerland.svg Bern52
30th1956 Flag of Portugal.svg Lisbon 57
31st1958 Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm62
32nd1960 Flag of Italy.svg Rome69
*1961 Flag of England.svg London67
33rd1962 Flag of Chile.svg Santiago 59
34th1964 Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Tokyo 99
35th1966 Flag of England.svg London94
36th1968 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara 78
37th1970 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City 86
38th1972 Flag of France.svg Paris102
39th1974 Flag of Germany.svg Frankfurt 122
40th1976 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Montreal 108
41st1978 Flag of Argentina.svg Buenos Aires 107
42nd1980 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürich 103
43rd1982 Flag of Spain.svg Madrid 127
44th1984 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürich112
45th1986 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City111
46th1988 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürich111
47th1990 Flag of Italy.svg Rome130
48th1992 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürich118
49th1994 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago 164
50th1996 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürich182
51st ( details )1998 Flag of France.svg Paris196
*1999 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles 195
52nd2000 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zurich200
*2001 Flag of Argentina.svg Buenos Aires202
*2002 Flag of South Korea.svg Seoul 202
53rd ( details )2002202
*2003 Flag of Qatar.svg Doha 204
54th2004 Flag of France.svg Paris203
55th2005 Flag of Morocco.svg Marrakesh 203
56th2006 Flag of Germany.svg Munich 207
57th2007 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürich206
58th2008 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney 200
59th2009 Flag of the Bahamas.svg Nassau 205
60th2010 Flag of South Africa.svg Johannesburg 207
61st ( details )2011 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürich208
62nd2012 Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest209
63rd2013 Flag of Mauritius.svg Mauritius 208
64th2014 Flag of Brazil.svg São Paulo 209
65th ( details )2015 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürich210
* ( details )2016207
66th2016 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City209
67th2017 Flag of Bahrain.svg Manama [6] 211
68th ( details )2018 Flag of Russia.svg Moscow 210
69th ( details )2019 Flag of France.svg Paris211
70th2020Online congress [note 1]
71st2021 Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo [9]

Extraordinary congresses

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). [10] In the 2016 Extraordinary Congress, FIFA President Sepp Blatter would have remained in his position until his successor is elected. [11] However, due to the fact he was suspended, the Acting FIFA President, Issa Hayatou was in charge of FIFA. [12]

See also


  1. The 70th FIFA Congres, originaly scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa on 5 June 2020, [7] was rescheduled as an online event on 18 September 2020. [8]

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