FIFA Congress

The FIFA Congress is the supreme legislative body of the International Federation of Association Football, commonly known by the acronym FIFA. FIFA is the international governing body of :association football, futsal and beach soccer. The congress may be ordinary or extraordinary.
An ordinary congress meets every year, an extraordinary congress may be convened by the FIFA Council at any time with the support of one fifth of the members of FIFA.
Each of the 211 members of FIFA has one vote in the congress. The members of FIFA can propose candidates for the World Cup Host and Presidency of FIFA. The FIFA Presidential Election and FIFA World Cup Host country election takes place at the congress in the year following the FIFA World Cup.


The FIFA Congress has been held annually since 1998. It was previously held every two years. Congresses were not held between 1915 and 1922 and 1939 to 1945, due to the First and Second World Wars. FIFA Presidential Elections have taken place at the 1st, 3rd, 12th, 29th, 30th, 39th, 51st, 53rd, 61st and 65th congresses.
The 1961 FIFA Extraordinary Congress in London elected Stanley Rous as President. The 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress in Zürich elected Gianni Infantino as the new president on 26 February 2016. Only five elections have had two or more candidates: the 39th, 51st, 53rd, 65th, and 2016 Extraordinary Congress.

List of congresses

YearCityMember associations
1st1904 Paris5
2nd1905 Paris5
3rd1906 Bern7
4th1907 Amsterdam12
5th1908 Vienna16
*1908 Brussels7
6th1909 Budapest13
7th1910 Milan12
8th1911 Dresden11
9th1912 Stockholm17
10th1913 Copenhagen12
11th1914 Christiania 17
12th1923 Geneva17
13th1924 Paris27
14th1925 Prague22
15th1926 Rome23
16th1927 Helsinki21
17th1928 Amsterdam29
18th1929 Barcelona23
19th1930 Budapest27
20th1931 Berlin25
21st1932 Stockholm29
22nd1934 Rome27
23rd1936 Berlin37
24th1938 Paris30
25th1946 Luxembourg34
26th1948 London48
27th1950 Rio de Janeiro35
28th1952 Helsinki56
*1953 Paris48
29th1954 Bern52
30th1956 Lisbon57
31st1958 Stockholm62
32nd1960 Rome69
*1961 London67
33rd1962 Santiago59
34th1964 Tokyo99
35th1966 London94
36th1968 Guadalajara78
37th1970 Mexico City86
38th1972 Paris102
39th1974 Frankfurt122
40th1976 Montreal108
41st1978 Buenos Aires107
42nd1980 Zürich103
43rd1982 Madrid127
44th1984 Zürich112
45th1986 Mexico City111
46th1988 Zürich111
47th1990 Rome130
48th1992 Zürich118
49th1994 Chicago164
50th1996 Zürich182
51st 1998 Paris196
*1999 Los Angeles195
52nd2000 Zurich200
*2001 Buenos Aires202
*2002 Seoul202
53rd 2002 Seoul202
*2003 Doha204
54th2004 Paris203
55th2005 Marrakesh203
56th2006 Munich207
57th2007 Zürich206
58th2008 Sydney200
59th2009 Nassau205
60th2010 Johannesburg207
61st 2011 Zürich208
62nd2012 Budapest209
63rd2013 Mauritius208
64th2014 São Paulo209
65th 2015 Zürich210
* 2016 Zürich207
66th2016 Mexico City209
67th2017 Manama211
68th 2018 Moscow210
69th 2019 Paris211
70th2020Online congress
71st2021 Tokyo

Extraordinary congresses

A total of eight extraordinary congresses have taken place: 1908, 1953, 1961, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2016. In the 2016 Extraordinary Congress, FIFA President Sepp Blatter would have remained in his position until his successor is elected. However, due to the fact he was suspended, the Acting FIFA President, Issa Hayatou was in charge of FIFA.