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Soccer Football Fútbol Calcio

This is a guide to what is called soccer in the United States. It is not a complete list of everything owned by NYU Libraries but selective list of books, journals focused on soccer, and films.

The Hierarchy

Map of the World colored by regional confederations with their acronyms.  CONCACAF in dark pink on North America, CONMEBOL in green on South America, CAF in brown on Africa, UEFA in blue, AFC on Asia and Australia in pink, and OFC in yellow in Oceania.

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in 1904 in Paris (France). Its motto is "For the Game. For the World." It began with eight members (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain (represented by Real Madrid), Sweden and Switzerland) and has 211 members as of June 2020. FIFA stands at the head of the pyramid of governing bodies. Under it are the regional confederations which in turn organization and regulate the game in a specific region based on the overall statutes and policies of FIFA. This is how FIFA describes the confederations: "The Confederations are the umbrella organisations of the national football associations on each continent. The AFC in Asia, CAF in Africa, the Football Confederation (CONCACAF) in North and Central America and the Caribbean, CONMEBOL in South America, UEFA in Europe and the OFC in Oceania all provide support to FIFA without encroaching on the rights of the national associations. In fact, the Confederations actually raise the profile of football further, by staging their own competitions at club and international level and through a range of other activities." Then there are the national associations. In the United States, the United States Soccer Federation's (USSF) largest affiliate is the United States Youth Soccer (USYS). It has fifty-five members: one in each state except for the five states which have two state associations (California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas). The District of Columbia is part of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association.

Founded in 1886 and thus predating FIFA is the International Football Association Board (IFAB). The IFAB decides on the Laws of the Game. It is composed of representatives from the four British associations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales) and four FIFA representatives.