List of presidents of FIFA

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President of FIFA
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Gianni Infantino (cropped).jpg
Gianni Infantino

since 26 February 2016
Fédération Internationale de Football Association
Style His Excellency
Member of FIFA Council
Seat FIFA Headquarters, Zürich, Switzerland
Appointer FIFA Congress
Term length Four years
Elected in the year following a FIFA World Cup
(renewable three times)
Constituting instrumentFIFA Statutes
Precursor Sepp Blatter
Inaugural holder Robert Guérin
Formation21 May 1904
Deputy Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa
Salary£2.6 million (FIFA figures for 2015)
Website official website

The following is a list of presidents of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the world association football governing body. [1]

FIFA International governing body of association football

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is an organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and eFootball. FIFA is responsible for the organization of football's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women's World Cup which commenced in 1991.

Association football Team field sport

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.


Presidents Daniel Burley Woolfall, Rodolphe Seeldrayers and Arthur Drewry died during their term in office.

Daniel Burley Woolfall English footballer

Daniel Burley Woolfall was the second president of FIFA.

Rodolphe Seeldrayers President of FIFA

Rodolphe William Seeldrayers was a Belgian football administrator who was the fourth President of FIFA, serving from 1954 to 1955. He was actively involved in the official associations of Belgium sports.

Arthur Drewry English football administrator

Arthur Drewry, was an English football administrator who served as the fifth president of FIFA, the world governing body of association football, from 1955 to 1961. Drewry had held several football administration posts in his native England, serving as chairman of The Football Association and president of The Football League.

The current president is Swiss-Italian Gianni Infantino, elected on 26 February 2016 during an extraordinary session of the FIFA Congress. [2] [3] Prior to his election, Cameroonian Issa Hayatou was acting president after the impeachment of Sepp Blatter on 8 October 2015, which was later followed by a six-year ban from all football-related activities on 21 December 2015. [4] [5]

Gianni Infantino Swiss-Italian businessman

Giovanni Vincenzo "Gianni" Infantino is a Swiss–Italian football administrator and the current president of FIFA. He was elected President of FIFA during the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress on 26 February 2016.

The 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress was held at the Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland, on 26 February 2016. This special session of the FIFA Congress, called as a result of the 2015 FIFA corruption case, included the passage of a major statutory reforms proposal as well as the election of Gianni Infantino to replace Sepp Blatter as the President of FIFA.

Issa Hayatou Cameroonian basketball player and football executive

Issa Hayatou is a Cameroonian former athlete and sports executive. He served as the acting FIFA president until 26 February 2016 as the previous president, Sepp Blatter, was banned from all football-related activities in 2015 as a part of the FIFA corruption investigation of 2015. He was the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) between 1988 and 2017. In 2002, he ran for president of FIFA but was defeated by Blatter. He is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Presidents of FIFA

PresidencyPresidentDate of birthDate of deathTook officeLeft officeTenureNationality
1 Robert Guerin 1906 year.jpg Robert Guérin 28 June 187619 March 1952 (aged 75)23 May 19044 June 19062 years, 12 daysFlag of France.svg  France
2 Daniel Burley Woolfall 1908 year.jpg Daniel Burley Woolfall 15 June 185224 October 1918 (aged 66)4 June 190624 October 1918 (died)12 years, 142 daysFlag of England.svg  England
Acting C. A. W. Hirschmann.jpg Cornelis August Wilhelm Hirschman [note 1] 16 February 187726 June 1951 (aged 74)24 October 1918 (acting)1920[ when? ]1 year, 309 daysFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Jules Rimet in 1920.jpg Jules Rimet [note 2] 14 October 187316 October 1956 (aged 83)1920[ when? ] (acting)1 March 1921185 daysFlag of France.svg  France
31 March 192121 June 195433 years, 112 days
4 Rodolphe Seeldrayers.jpg Rodolphe Seeldrayers 16 December 18767 October 1955 (aged 78)21 June 19547 October 1955 (died)1 year, 108 daysFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Acting Arthur Drewry.jpg Arthur Drewry 3 March 189125 March 1961 (aged 70)7 October 1955 (acting)9 June 1956246 daysFlag of England.svg  England
59 June 195625 March 1961 (died)4 years, 289 days
Acting Ernst B. Thommen.jpg Ernst Thommen 23 January 189914 May 1967 (aged 68)25 March 1961 (acting)28 September 1961187 daysFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
6 Stanley Rous.jpg Stanley Rous [note 3] 25 April 189518 July 1986 (aged 91)28 September 19618 May 197412 years, 222 daysFlag of England.svg  England
7 Joao Havelange.jpg João Havelange [note 4] 8 May 191616 August 2016 (aged 100)8 May 19748 June 199824 years, 31 daysFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
8 Iozef Blatter.jpg Sepp Blatter 10 March 1936 (age 82)Living8 June 19988 October 2015 (impeached) [note 5] 17 years, 122 daysFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Acting [note 6] Issa Hayatou (cropped).jpg Issa Hayatou 9 August 1946 (age 72)Living8 October 2015 (acting)26 February 2016141 daysFlag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon
9 Gianni Infantino (cropped).jpg Gianni Infantino 23 March 1970 (age 48)Living26 February 2016Incumbent3 years, 11 daysFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
  1. Named Honorary FIFA Secretary
  2. Named Honorary FIFA President on 21 June 1954
  3. Named Honorary FIFA President on 11 June 1974
  4. Named Honorary FIFA President on 8 June 1998
  5. Following his suspension, Blatter was given a six year ban on 21 December 2015. [5] [6]
  6. Following the provisional ban on Sepp Blatter, Issa Hayatou assumed the Office of FIFA President on an interim basis in accordance with article 32(6) of the FIFA Statutes because Hayatou was the longest-serving vice-president on FIFA's Executive Committee. [7]


Gianni InfantinoSepp BlatterJoão HavelangeStanley RousArthur DrewryRodolphe SeeldrayersJules RimetDaniel Burley WoolfallRobert GuérinList of presidents of FIFA

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