The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is the international governing body of professional soccer, and it is the organizer of the World Cup, which is held in a different country every four years. A total of 32 countries qualify for the World Cup, based on results from qualifying matches in the years leading up to the tournament.

FIFA was established in 1904 and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, and it is headed by a president and consists of a congress of representatives of member associations.

The organization oversees rules for the World Cup and handles ticketing, among other responsibilities.

Passport numbers reportedly exposed as massive security breach hits FIFA ticketing partner
The Switzerland-based ticketing and travel packages company MATCH Services AG is investigating an alleged massive security breach of its computerized information systems that resulted in the identities of thousands of World Cup customers being exposed to black marketers. Names, passport numbers, dates of birth and other personal information reportedly... Read more
ITV commentator loses his job after reselling FIFA World Cup tickets
ITV soccer commentator Robbie Earle, an English-born ex-soccer star who played for Jamaica, this week was fired from his position after he resold a block of the network’s corporate hospitality World Cup tickets, which were intended for friends and family of ITV staff. The sale was discovered during the... Read more
FIFA launches ticket resale Web site for World Cup tickets
FIFA, the governing body behind soccer’s World Cup, has implemented a ticket resale policy that bars fans from reselling their tickets on the secondary market. Instead, FIFA recently created its own Ticket Transfer Platform. The World Cup begins June 11 and ends July 11. The Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC)... Read more
FIFA gets 506,000 online bids for 2010 World Cup tickets
World Football Federation FIFA said Tuesday that it had received 506,000 online applications for World Cup 2010 tickets. The applications came from 140 countries around the world, suggesting this could be one of the most lucrative World Cups ever, despite the global recession. South Africa sent the most applications,... Read more
By Christine Paluf FIFA has created a new code of ethics committee, in light of recent accusations against head members of the organization over World Cup ticket scalping issues. Former British track star Sebastian Coe will head the committee, the Associated Press released Friday. However, this new committee will... Read more
By Christine Paluf FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, is being investigated for alleged ticket sales of nearly $1 million during the World Cup, according to the Associated Press. Soccer’s governing body will look into the black market sale of thousands of tickets, including 900 to England fans, the AP... Read more
By Christine Paluf The FIFA official that was caught selling 12 tickets at three times their face value has quit. A member of the executive committee of the world governing body, Ismail Bjamjee resigned his post after being disgraced for his actions, according to reports from officials in Botswana.... Read more