If you like soccer, then you will want to know about FIFA and what it is all about. FIFA is an acronym that stands for the Federation Internationale de Football Association. You may also see it referred to as the International Federation of Association Football. This is the international governing group for the association football around the world. In the U.S. this sport is more commonly referred to as soccer. Soccer may be the most popular sport in the world based upon the number of countries that play and the number of fans that watch the games. Due to its extreme popularity, the FIFA governing group was formed to better facilitate the popularity of the sport and to maintain the integrity of the game across the globe. The FIFA or International Federation of Association Football group is headquartered Zurich, Switzerland.
The main objectives that the FIFA organization seeks to achieve include improvement of the game of football (soccer), to promote in globally and to embody its unifying values such as education, humanitarian and cultural values. FIFA also seeks to organize international soccer games and competition while maintaining regulations, rules and decisions of the game across all international associations. Learning what the governing body for international soccer will also help you to better understand and appreciate the magnitude of the game on a global scale.
FIFA Teams and Associations:
There are 208 national men’s teams associated with FIFA around the world. These national teams are associated within six different continental zones or confederations. The major groups include Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Oceania, and North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Video: FIFA Anthem
This video plays the FIFA anthem, that is played before every match.
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You can learn more about what this organization works to accomplish at http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/.