The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904 and based in Zurich. It has 208 member associations and its goal, enshrined in its Statutes, is the constant improvement of football. FIFA employs some 310 people from over 35 nations and is composed of a Congress (legislative body), Executive Committee (executive body), General Secretariat (administrative body) and committees (assisting the Executive Committee).
With 208 associations affiliated to FIFA today, world football's governing body has rightly been dubbed the "United Nations of Football ". Between 1975 and 2002 alone, more than 60 associations were accepted as members.
Together, the association members make up the Congress, FIFA's supreme and legislative body. FIFA supports the associations financially and logistically through various programs and grants them a number of attractive rights and privileges. But they also have obligations. As representatives of FIFA in their countries, they must respect the statutes, aims and ideals of football's governing body and promote and manage our sport accordingly.
The Statutes and the accompanying regulations governing their implementation form the Constitution of FIFA.