(CNN)Here is a look at FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), international soccer's governing body and organizer of global tournaments including the World Cup. The US Justice Department is conducting an ongoing criminal probe of the organization, investigating allegations of widespread bribery, fraud and other offenses.
FIFA Fast Facts
When FIFA was founded in 1904, there were seven member countries: France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The United States joined the Zurich, Switzerland-based organization in 1913.
FIFA's six confederations represent different regions of the world: UEFA (Europe), CAF (Africa), CONCACAF (North and Central America), CONMEBOL (South America), OFC (New Zealand and South Pacific island nations) and AFC (Asia).
In addition to the World Cup, which takes place every four years, FIFA organizes the FIFA Club World Cup, which began in 2000. Seven men's teams participate: winners from each of the six confederations, plus the winning team from the host country. A similar tournament for women's teams was proposed in 2015.
May 21, 1904 - FIFA is founded in Paris, to promote international football (soccer) tournaments.
1905 - England, which has its own Football Association dating back to 1863, becomes a member nation. The British initially resisted joining FIFA.
1913 - The United States Football Association, now called the United States Soccer Federation, joins FIFA.
July 13-30, 1930 - Uruguay hosts the first World Cup. Thirteen teams compete and Uruguay wins the tournament, defeating Argentina. Team USA places third.
1975 - Joseph "Sepp" Blatter of Switzerland joins FIFA as director of technical development programs, serving under President João Havelange of Brazil.
1981 - FIFA's executive committee names Blatter general secretary of the organization.
November 16-30, 1991 - China hosts the first Women's World Cup. Team USA defeats Norway in the final match.
June 8, 1998 - Blatter is elected president of FIFA, defeating Swedish soccer stalwart, Lennart Johansson.
May 21, 2001 - A company closely affiliated with FIFA, International Sports Media and Marketing (ISMM) is declared bankrupt in Swiss Court. ISMM was the parent company of International Sports and Leisure (ISL), which sold World Cup television rights and negotiated corporate sponsorships. FIFA brings charges against ISMM, claiming company executives diverted a $60 million payment from a licensee and deposited it in a secret bank account.