(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 a criminal probe of the organization, investigating allegations of widespread bribery, fraud and other offenses.
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.
May 21, 1904 - FIFA is founded in Paris, to promote international football (soccer) tournaments.