What does FIFA stands for in soccer?

fifa-world-cup-draw-2014Most soccer fans know FIFA is in charge of world soccer, but what does that really mean? How does FIFA function and why does it matter to the average soccer fan?

Soccer is a representative democracy

Blame it on the French that founded FIFA and took cues from the Olympic movement. Soccer is about one country, one vote. Though there are instances where the older established countries have more influence, FIFA operates with equality in mind. One country, one vote regardless of the size of the country or its soccer playing ability. In FIFA's view of the world, Barbados has the same vote as Brazil. There are 209 official member countries that makeup the FIFA Congress. Each of them has a vote and they elect the president and the members of the Executive Committee.

FIFA's Executive Committee

The real power in FIFA lies with the Executive Committee. That is a group of 24 people that holds the real power within FIFA. It includes the president, 8 vice-presidents, and 15 members.

Unlike the Congress, the membership is weighted based on the strength of the Confederation. FIFA divides the world among six confederations. UEFA, representing Europe, has two vice-presidents and five executive committee members. CONCACAF, the USA's confederation, has one vice-president and two members. That's the same as CONMEBOL, home of Brazil, Argentina, and the rest of South America, but it's worth remembering CONMEBOL only has 10 member countries and is the smallest of the six confederations. Europe even gets an extra place.

Owing to their status as the countries where soccer got its start, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland get to elect their own vice-president. Great Britain isn't a nation according to FIFA, so its member countries each get a vote and also form the International Football Association Board. The IFAB is the only body that can change the Laws of the Game, the rules of soccer.

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