|FIFA Order of Merit|
|Awarded by FIFA|
|Type||Order of merit|
|Awarded for||"significant contribution to association football"|
The FIFA Order of Merit is the highest honour awarded by FIFA. The award is presented at the annual FIFA congress. It is normally awarded to people who are considered to have made a significant contribution to association football.
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. It is the highest governing body of football.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
At FIFA's centennial congress they made one award for every decade of their existence. These awards were also handed out to fans, organisations, clubs, and one to African Football. These were referred to as the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit.
The Confederation of African Football or CAF is the administrative and controlling body for African association football.
The winner doesn't have to be directly involved with football to receive it. One such notable non-footballing personality was Nelson Mandela who won it for bringing South Africa back to international football.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.
|Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|African Football||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|International Football Association Board||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|Real Madrid C.F.||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|Sheffield F.C.||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|Franz Beckenbauer||1984, 2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|Pele||1984, 2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|Alfredo Di Stefano||1994|
|Pradip Kumar Banerjee||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|Steve Sumner||2010||Centennial Award in 2004|
|Karl Heinz Weigang||1998|
|Javier Arriaga Muñiz||1996|
|Fernando G. Álvarez||2005|
|Hari Raj Naicker||2012|
|Paulo Machado de Carvalho||1987|
|Teófilo Salinas Fuller||1987|
|João Lyra Filho||1988|
|Juan José Russo||1992|
|Abdel Aziz Mostafa||1992|
|Abdel Halim Muhammad||1994|
|Guillermo Cañedo de la Bárcena||1998|
|Josep Lluís Núñez||2000|
|Faisal bin Fahd||2000|
|Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo||2000|
|Juan Antonio Samaranch||2001|
|José Ermírio de Moraes Filho||2002|
|Mohamed Khalil El Deeb||2002|
|Hans Ernst Bangerter||2002|
|Johnny Warren||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|João Havelange||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|Jules Rimet||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah||2004|
|Oscar Thamar Torres||2006|
|Hamzah Abu Samah||2006|
|Per Ravn Omdal||2006|
|Isaac David Sasso Sasso||2008|
|Ahmad Shah of Pahang||2012|
|Godfried Foli Ekue||2012|
|Everwijn van Steeden||1987|
|Emilio Azcárraga Milmo||1987|
|Pedro Ramírez Vázquez||1988|
|Alpha Oumar Konaré||2008|
|Television||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|The City of Sheffield||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|Fans of Japan||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|Fans of Korea||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|Adidas||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|Coca-Cola||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
|Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive||2004||Centennial Award in 2004|
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