The Federation Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) is the governing body of association football. Fifa is responsible for the organisation of football's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women's World Cup which commenced in 1991. Fifa was founded in 1904. Headquartered in Zurich, its membership now comprises 209 national associations. Member countries must each also be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the world is divided: Africa, Asia, Europe, North & Central America and the Caribbean, Oceania and South America.

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Supporters in Tottenham jerseys with Son Heung-min’s name subjected to physical and verbal abuse in the stands in Shenzhen and escorted out by police amid ugly scenes.


Kathryn Mayorga claims Cristiano Ronaldo sexually assaulted her in his Las Vegas hotel suite in 2009 and is seeking millions of dollars more than the US$375,000 in hush money he paid her.

Two countries face each other in Shenzhen on Tuesday in qualifying for 2026 tournament, with Son Heung-min warning teammates to keep their cool in front of sell-out crowd.

Australia have opted out of bidding for the 2034 Fifa World Cup, with Saudi Arabia being the sole bidders, but the CEO of Football Australia says growing the Club World Cup is an ‘exciting’ prospect.

The country is ‘ready for all possibilities’ about hosting the 2034 tournament in winter or summer, Saudi Arabian Football Federation president says after Australia’s pull-out leaves it as the only bidder.

Luis Rubiales, who kissed footballer Jenni Hermoso following Spain’s win in the Women’s World Cup final, is banned from all football-related activities, governing body says.

Norwegian says second-half performance was again unsatisfactory in 4-0 win, and return leg at 2,000m above sea level will not be easy without injured striker Everton Camargo, and defender Vas Nunez.

The 2026 2026 World Cup, which will feature 48 teams, will be hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico, while the 2030 edition will be divided between Africa, Europe and South America.

Bid is latest step in a campaign to turn the kingdom into a global sports powerhouse, and ‘intends to deliver a world-class tournament’.

It would have been ‘very reckless’ to include the talisman, coach Gerardo Martino says after Miami, second from bottom in the MLS’ Eastern Conference, lose 5-2 to Atlanta United.

Clearing up stadiums at World Cups had given Japan’s football fans a glowing reputation, but they also include a darker element drawn to violence and vandalism.