The dream of goals and glory unites a whole world focused around a leather ball. The demand is great for heroes and cups, and international matches are now events on an intercontinental scale. More than 270 million people worldwide play soccer actively, and the World Cup in 2006 was watched on TV by around 27 billion people. The guardian of worldwide rules and activities is the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, better known as FIFA.Like a part representing the whole, both structurally and architecturally the evolution of FIFA’s permanent home reflects the highly colorful history that the international football association can look back on.
Founded in Paris in 1904, its headquarters initially moved with each new general secretary. Finally, in 1932, in a crucial vote held in Stockholm, the permanent location was awarded to Switzerland. This is where the fusion of the original seven national associations of France, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and Switzerland developed into the globally active governing body that today unites 208 member associations from all corners of the world.