FIFA stands for discipline, respect, fair-play, not just on the field of play, but in our society as well.
FIFA now has 211 national associations as members, with its headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland. However, it was formed to oversee international competition between the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Each of these national organisations must also be a member of one of the world’s six regional confederations which are, Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America and the Caribbean, South America, and lastly Oceania.
FIFA recognises six confederations that administer the game on various continents and areas around the world. FIFA is made up of national associations rather than continental confederations. FIFA’s laws establish continental confederations, and membership in a confederation is a requirement for FIFA membership.
There are 211 men’s national teams and their national organisations recognised by FIFA, as well as 129 women’s national teams. FIFA has authorised the full membership of 23 non-sovereign organisations, including the United Kingdom’s four Home Nations and politically contentious regions such as Palestine, bringing the total number of FIFA member associations.
Indian FIFA World Cup
In 1924, famous Indian footballer Gostha Paul led the first known official overseas trip of the Indian group, which included both Indian and British players at the time. In the late 1930s, football teams comprised exclusively of Indian players began touring Australia, Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand. The first international match India played before independence has yet to be proven, though it can be traced back to a match India played versus Ceylon in 1933. It was Gostha Paul’s second foreign tour, and he guided his team to a 1–0 triumph. In a match conducted in Calcutta on July 4, 1936, India faced a touring Chinese team. The game ended in a 1–1 tie. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) was founded in 1937 in response to the international success of numerous Indian football clubs.
The decision of wearing shoes had to be made and the Indians finally settled on wearing shoes, when the weather was dry, most players chose to play without shoes and instead wore bandages to protect their feet. Out of 11 players who went onto the field, eight were bootless and three were wearing boots.
At the event, Sarangapani Raman scored the single goal for India, making it the first Indian international goal in the Olympics.
While the team’s 1–2 loss to France and subsequent first-round elimination was a huge disappointment for both the team and the public, the team’s level of play captivated everyone. Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister, was a fan of Indian footballers because of their bravery and brilliance in bare feet at the 1948 Olympics. So much so that King George VI welcomed the team to Buckingham Palace, where, according to legend, he picked up Sailen Manna’s trouser leg to see if the Indian truly had steel legs, as his shots indicated. Football, on the other hand, had to be played. The AIFF planned to prolong the tour with some friendly matches across Europe, inspired by the accolades and favourable reception to India’s football. The team would play a few matches over the next few weeks that would further add to their growing renown.
On a muddy pitch at Church Road Ground on August 31, 1948, a rainy day. The Indian squad was compelled to wear boots, and a lone goal from B.N. Vajravelu gave India a 1-0 victory, bringing the 1948 Europe tour to a close.
Payout for Winners
The victorious team receives the trophy, but it also receives a $38 million cash incentive.
The second-place finishers are compensated with $28 million. Second-place finishers will receive $24 million.
Since 1978, when Argentina hosted the World Cup with only six venues, the tournament will be played in the fewest stadiums ever.
Qatar is investing an estimated $200 billion USD on infrastructure improvements.
Roughly 70,000 exterior lights will be installed as part of the project.
84,000 tonnes of steel will be used for the infrastructure projects.
Donation by Croatia
Croatia is one of the lesser-known challengers in the 2018 tournament.
Croatia qualified for the finals and, although losing 4-2 to France, fought until the very last second.
the Croats chose to donate the entire tournament’s proceeds, totaling more than $28 million, to charity.
How does FIFA earn money?
In order to generate revenue, FIFA has carefully diversified their sources of income. For example, in addition to the broadcasting rights to the tournament games and other competitions, FIFA sells licensing rights for item such as video games and official merchandise.
FIFA also earns money by collecting taxes from players, clubs, and other football related organisations. It also invests in the game and spends about one billion pounds each year on running costs.
FIFA has two main sources of income:
- TV contracts for football related tournaments generate a large portion of FIFA’s revenue, as they have deals with broadcasters which total $1.33 billion until 2022.
- FIFA also sells marketing rights to companies who want to sell products at tournaments or be associated with them by being a ‘FIFA partner’.