Ivo Schricker

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Ivo Wolfgang Eduard Schricker
3rd General Secretary of FIFA
In office
Preceded by Carl Anton Wilhelm Hirschman
Succeeded by Kurt Gassmann
Personal details
BornIvo Wolfgang Eduard Schricker
(1877-03-18)March 18, 1877
Strasbourg, Germany
Died(1962-01-10)January 10, 1962 (aged 84)
Zürich, Switzerland
Nationality German
Occupation Footballer

Association football career
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Straßburger FV
Karlsruher Kickers
Akademischer SC
Karlsruher FV
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ivo Wolfgang Eduard Schricker (18 March 1877 in Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine – 10 January 1962 in Zürich, Switzerland) was a German footballer and the 3rd General Secretary of FIFA, serving from 1932 to 1951 upon his resignation. [1]


He, and his brother Erwin (22 August 1878 – 20 October 1914, killed in action) played at Strassburger FK 1890, Karlsruher Kickers, [2] FV Straßburg and, while studying in Berlin, Akademischer SC 1893 Berlin. With Karlsruher FV he became South German champion several times. In 1899 [3] he was among the best players in the first—still unofficial—game against a team from England, and in September 1901, he also played in London. [4]

His home town, Strasbourg in Alsace, was after World War I annexed to France again. After retirement as player, Schricker served from 1923 to 1925 as president of the South German association (Süddeutscher Fußball-Verband).

He moved to Zürich in Switzerland, a central and conveniently located place that fitted FIFA needs well when a permanent office was set up. Ivo Schricker became the organisation's first employee, and was appointed Permanent Secretary in 1931, working in a 30 square metre apartment at Bahnhofstrasse 77 that remained the home of football's governing body until 1954. [5] From 1948 onwards, he was supported by secretary Marta Kurmann. [6]