FIFA, the world’s soccer governing body, was established in 1904 to regulate the game of soccer. Most of you know FIFA by the prestigious soccer tournament that they organize every four years. The World Cup is supposed to be an event to unite all nations. It is a time where people take pride in their countries and enjoy the spirited camaraderie of watching games with each other. What most of you probably do not know is that FIFA has become an increasingly corrupt organization since 1974.
FIFA’s original mission was to organize large-scale soccer events, enforce the rules and regulations of soccer, and respect the human rights of all those they impact. The presidency of Joao Havelange in 1974 completely changed the mission of FIFA. No longer was FIFA an organization committed to these goals. Instead, FIFA became dedicated to the pursuit of of commercial gain. Despite being a non-profit, they have around two billion dollars in reserves to this day. With the commercialization of soccer, came the bribery and clear disregard for human rights.
FIFA is hierarchically organized in a way that allows bribery to take place. It is structured in a way to facilitate the needs of one man: the FIFA president. Current FIFA president and prodigy of Havelange, Sepp Blatter, has created a dictatorship over FIFA. This paper will analyze how Blatter has unrestricted power in making huge decisions. It will address the suggested reforms corruption experts have proposed for FIFA. Finally, it will encourage multiple constituencies to challenge FIFA for the obvious atrocities that have occurred and continue to occur within FIFA.
Link to full paper: FIFA White Pages Paper