Fifa, The International Governing Body Of Football Essay

1742 Words Dec 8th, 2016 7 Pages
Who or what is FIFA and why does the FIFA scandal concern me? First, let’s look into FIFA. FIFA (La Fédération Internationale de Football Association) is the international governing body of football (better known as soccer here in the US). FIFA is responsible for the organization of football 's major international tournaments, most notably the Men’s and Women’s World Cup. FIFA was founded on May 21, 1904 in Paris by delegates from Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The founders created the first FIFA statutes, unifying the laws of the game to make it fair and clear to all players setting the foundation for all future football development. Headquartered in Zurich, its membership now comprises 211 national associations. Second, why does a scandal involving a football association matter? To answer this, we must look at football (not the NFL) from a global view. The World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world, larger even than the Olympics. It generates billions of dollars in revenue from corporate sponsors, broadcasting rights and merchandising.
The scandal involving FIFA is twofold. First, near the end of May 2015, fourteen people were indicted in connection with an investigation by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division. They were charged with wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering. The investigation centres around deals made between FIFA…

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