FIFA is the supreme governing body for football games and regional clubs. It was founded in 1904 to monitor competitions between teams from several European countries. Thus, the federation founders are France, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Today, this list has expanded significantly since the international service includes six confederations, in which representatives of all continents are members. These are South America, Oceania, North and Central America with the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa. The head office of the sports association is located in Zurich (Switzerland).
Meaning and History
FIFA is an acronym for Fédération Internationale de Football Association. The connection with French roots is very important because it appeared in France’s capital and only then acquired world status. Moreover, the original version of the expanded and abbreviated names is used throughout the world only in French.
The need to establish a single supervisory body for competitions by football associations was acute at the beginning of the 20th century. The reason is the huge growth in the popularity of this sport in the international arena. As a result, FIFA was founded at the headquarters of the USFSA (Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques). Its first president was Robert Guérin, who was replaced in 1906 by the Englishman Daniel Burley Woolfall. For all the years of its existence, the international association has had five emblems.
1928 – 1977
At the beginning of the work, the main focus was on the global status of the service. Therefore, the logo depicts the southern and northern hemispheres of the planet. As expected, they are drawn with a grid of parallels and meridians, against which the continents are located. At the bottom is the French inscription “Fédération Internationale de Football Association” in capital letters.
1977 – 1998
In 1977, management decided to redesign the emblem to emphasize the international status of FIFA and football. To do this, the developers depicted the hemispheres in the form of soccer balls, emphasizing their inextricable connection. To do this, they removed the parallels and meridians, imposing a characteristic grid of honeycombs – many small hexagons.
1998 – 2009
This period marks a turning point in FIFA’s history: it was then that the color version of the logo appeared. The artists painted the continents yellow and the water blue. They made a grid of hexagons white, with stripes of medium thickness, and left the two hemispheres connected.
2004 – 2015
In connection with the 100th anniversary of FIFA, for some time, another emblem was used in parallel – in the form of a soccer ball on the crest of a wave. It consisted of a high blue base and a blue stroke located at the top. On it was a white ball with blue lines. At the very bottom was the name of the sports association.
2009 – today
The current version contains only the text – the names of the international organization. The sign is simple but memorable because the letters in it are individual. According to the established rules, the abbreviation is used as is – in French, without clarifications and decoding. All characters are uppercase and colored blue. The unusual shape “F” in which both protrusions are cut off at an angle makes the logo recognizable.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The hallmark of an international football organization almost always consisted of two connected hemispheres. At first, they were in the form of a map of the world, and then in the form of balls. The current version, in which the inscription is predominant, stands separately. It was taken from the logo marking the 100th anniversary of FIFA.
The logo used a chopped typeface, smooth, grotesque, close to the Arazati Negra Expandida Regular font. After the 1998 redesign, the letters are much wider, bolder, and oblique cuts on the “F” tabs. This version resembles a converted version of Vaccine Sans Black.
In terms of color scheme, the association prefers uniformity or minimal colors. Therefore, logos at different times were dominated by black, blue, blue, yellow.