FIFA Museum Editorials

1904 - The Foundation of FIFA

The founders may have dreamed about it, but when FIFA was founded in 1904 nobody could have imagined the role the association would play in the sporting world in the future. The foundation of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association took place on 21 May 1904 at 229 rue Saint-Honoré, the headquarters of the Union of French Athletic Sports Societies in Paris.

Uruguay 1930 - The first FIFA World Cup

FIFA’s plans for a world championship outside the confines of the Olympic Games came to fruition in 1930. Uruguay was chosen as the host nation in honour of its centenary celebrations and the Olympic gold medals of 1924 and 1928, but only four European nations made the journey by ship to South America. In the newly built Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay won the first World Cup by beating Argentina 4-2 in the Final.

China 1991 - The first FIFA Women's World Cup

In 1991, China staged the first Women’s World Cup. Matches lasted 80 minutes, and the first goal was scored by the hosts’ Ma Li. In the semi-finals, the USA beat Germany 5-2 – the start of a rivalry between the two most successful women’s teams. In the Final in Guangzhou, 63,000 fans watched the USA become the first world champions, Michelle Akers-Stahl scoring twice in a 2-1 win over Norway.