Laughter is in the air, people are dancing in every street corner, and Samba playing as loud as it can while painted faces enjoy the moment. Tears of joy and an overall a passion for Fútbol is in the atmosphere. It is time for greatest sport event in the world, the World Cup. An event that brings the world together every 4 years. It gives a great feeling of unity but, does the joy we feel shadow over a dark secret behind FIFA? FIFA is corrupted. Behind the scenes of a fantastic show lies a history of corruption, scandals, and overall an unethical federation. There are endless topics to discuss on the matter of corruption and FIFA, but I wanted to focus on three of the biggest charges of corruption against FIFA; bribery, mistreatment of female athletes, and the use of slave labor to build stadiums to host their games.
FIFA was founded in 1904 to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. FIFA stands for The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (English translation: International Federation of Association Football), and is the governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer. The federation is responsible for the organization of football’s major international tournaments, notably the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women’s World Cup which began in 1991. FIFA consists of 209 national associations. FIFA members pay annual fees to FIFA and are required to be members of one of FIFA's six continental confederations, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football ("CONCACAF"), Confederacion Sudamerican de Futbol ("CONMEBOL"), Union des Associations Europeennes de Football ("UEF A"), Confederation Africaine de Football ("CAF"), Asian Football Confederation ("AFC"), and Oceana Football Association ("OFC"). As set forth in the FIFA Statutes, these confederations have a significant role in FIFA.
The FIFA Executive Committee consists of a President, (elected by the Congress in the year following a FIFA World Cup) eight vice-presidents, fifteen members (appointed by the confederations and associations), and one female member (elected by the Congress). The committee meets at least twice a year, with the mandate for each member lasting four years. Its role includes determining the dates, locations, and format of tournaments, appointing FIFA delegates to the IFAB, and electing and dismissing the General Secretary on the proposal of the FIFA President. Gianni Infantinois the current President of FIFA and has held that post since 2016 after the suspension of Sepp Blatter.
FIFA does not control the rules of soccer, but it is responsible for the organization of a number of tournaments. According to Bruce W. Bean, More than 70% of FIFA's revenues are tied to the sale of television and marketing rights to its World Cup and championship games. FIFA pays no taxes on its profits, including ...