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The Association Internationale de Football (English: International Association of Football), commonly known by the acronym AIF, is the international governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer. Its headquarters are located in Bordeaux, France. AIF is responsible for the organisation and governance of football's major international tournaments, most notably the AIF World Cup, held since 1922.

The current format of the tournament involves 24 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three or two years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the host nation(s).

The next edition is to be held in Chile in 2014.

Structure & Membership

Organization's supreme body is the AIF Assembly, conformed by representatives from each affiliated member association. Only the Assembly can pass changes to AIF's statutes. The assembly elects the President of the AIF, its General Secretary and the other members of AIF's Executive Committee.

There are 5 confederations recognised by AIF which oversee the game in the different continents and regions of the world:

  • African Football League (AFL)
  • European Federation of Football (EFF)
  • North American and Caribbean Football Association (NACFA)
  • Association of Football of Asia and Oceania (AFAO)
  • Federación Sudamericana de Fútbol (FESABOL)

Since the second World Cup in 1926, qualifying tournaments have been held to thin the field for the final tournament. They are held within the five continental zones, overseen by their respective confederations. For each tournament, FIFA decides the number of places awarded to each of the continental zones beforehand, generally based on the relative strength of the confederations' teams. Currently, from the 24 places for the Cup, 9 belong to Europe, 3 to South America, 3 to North America, 3 to Africa, 3 to Asia-Oceania, and one to the Host Nation. Also, there is 2 places for the winners of the intercontinental Play-offs, which consists in two matchs:

  • One Asia-Oceanian team against one European team.
  • One South American team against one North American team.


Team Championships
Brazil 6
France 4
England 2
Spain 2
Italy/Tyrrhenian Protectorate 2
Protectorate of Prussia 2
Chile 1
Mexico 1
Argentina 1

List of World Cups

1922: France

As reigning Olympic champions -and thus de facto world champions- France easily gained the right to be the host for the first edition of the World Cup. Unlike the future events, this Cup did not have a qualification process, instead, every country affiliated with AIF was invited to compete and given a deadline date to accept. Finally, 12 teams from the Europe and the Americas decided participated. The matches took place in three cities of the French Empire, and the cup final was played in the Napoléonien Stade Olympique, Paris. The French team defeat for 4-3 to Germany and was crowned himself as the first official World Champion.

  • Champion: France

1926: Brazil

During 1924, the AIF members supported the idea that the host are alternated between the Americas and Europe. For this reason, the Brazilian Empire was selected as host for the second edition of the Cup. Pedro III, Emperor of Brazil, ordered a great investment to modernize not only the stadiums but the national infrastructure as well, to show Brazil off to the world the greatness of the empire. The final match was between the selections of Brazil and the current champion, France. Despite all thinking that the French will win, as during the first half they got ahead 2-0, the Brazilian team managed to turn the situation around in the second half and finally won by 3-2.

  • Champion: Brazil

1930: Italy

  • Champion: Italy

1934: Argentina

During 1930 Argentina gain the organization of 4th World Cup, specially thanks to the support from Great Britain and Germany, countries also with a National Socialist government. The Nicolas Repetto's regimen want to show the world the devolopment of his National Socialist nation, specially in the inmediate years after that the infamous New York and Paris Stock Market had caused the collapse of the majority of the world economies, including the United States, France and Brazil -Argentina's rival-. The argentinean selection made a memorable campaign, defeating to the then-champion Italy 3-2 during the second round, and to Brazil 3-1 after extra time in the final in Buenos Aires, in presence of Repetto and other authorities of the country. This victory gave to Argentina his first and only one championshop until now.

1938: Germany

  • Champion: France

1950: Scandinavian Union

  • Champion: Brazil

1954: United States

1958: Colombia

1962: Persia

1966: France

  • Champion: France

1970: Democratic Confederate States

1974: Spain

1978: Peru-Bolivian Confederation

1982: Japan

1986: Assiniboia

The first AIF World Championship to be held in Assiniboia, and only the third in North America to date, was a surprising choice due to the rather low, but growing, support of Football in North America since the end of the Third Global War. The tournament was memorable for the surprising upset by the Protectorate of Prussia of perennial favourites France 2-1 in a shocking match to determine the competitors to the semi-finals, and again over the book-maker's projected winner Brazil, 1-0, in the finals.

  • Champion: Protectorate of Prussia

1990: Brazil

  • Champion: Brazil

1994: Russia

1998: Mexico

2002: England

  • Champion: England

2006: Australasia

  • Champion: Brazil

2010: Scotland & Ireland

2014: Chile

See also

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