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Five years ago, the FIFA World Football Museum opened its doors. Relive a selection of our favourite museum moments as we celebrate our anniversary.  

29.11.1991, Close up on referees and captains discussing during the pre-match protocol, prior to the 3rd place playoff between Sweden and Germany, in Guangzhou.
Brazilian referee Cláudia Vasconcelos Guedes (center) becomes the first women to referee an official FIFA match, taking charge of the play-off for third place between Sweden and Germany at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 1991 in Guangzhou, China. © FIFA Museum

The FIFA World Football Museum presents a new selection of stories on the topic of refereeing. Twenty intimate showcases explore a selection of interesting facts about the duties of match officials and notable moments from refereeing history.


After the newest decision by the Swiss Federal Council, the FIFA World Football Museum will reopen on 3 March with reduced opening hours and strict hygiene & safety restrictions. The Sportsbar 1904 will stay closed until further notice.

Media Release

Despite the COVID-19 crisis and the resulting closure for several months, as well as further reduced opening hours and a significant decline in international visitors to the city, 766,834 people either enjoyed a trip to the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich or engaged with its digital content in 2020.


Due to the latest development regarding the current spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), the FIFA Museum and the Sportsbar 1904 will remain temporarily closed.


During the temporary closure of the museum, a mini pop-up exhibition about a Swiss World Cup record holder who is also an ambassador for the FIFA Museum was being prepared behind the scenes. It will be open to visitors from 3 March.

Joseph Bléziri of Stade d'Abidjan (left) passes the ball into the box.
Joseph Bléziri of Stade d'Abidjan (left) passes the ball into the box. © Jacob Adjobi/Mahjoub Archive/FIFA Museum

The second leg of the 1966 CAF African Champions League Final was played on Christmas Day. It proved to be a festive game with one of the all-time great fightbacks in the history of the tournament.

© Phil Cole/Getty Images

Traditionally in Great Britain, the 26th of December, is a day with a lot of football action. Our museum’s football historian Guy Oliver, British himself, explains why.

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The day the guns fell silent on Christmas Day 1914 allowing a game of football to be played, is perhaps one of the best-known stories of the First World War.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we have taken the necessary steps to make your visit to the FIFA World Football Museum as safe as possible.

Buenos Aires 1925 © Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The picture postcard of snowy landscapes and snowmen may define a northern hemisphere view of the Christmas idyll, but for those in the tropics and the southern hemisphere, Christmas has always been a very different experience.


Due to the new measures, the FIFA Museum and the Sportsbar 1904 have adjusted their opening hours for the next four weeks.