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Tenth FIFA Congress, Copenhagen 1913

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The 10th Congress, the first major anniversary Congress in FIFA’s young history, was not celebrated in any special way. Delegates were looking forward more to FIFA’s tenth birthday a year later, and focused instead on the controversial items on the agenda.

Some of the items appear almost comical, while others are still of relevance today. Some examples:

• A representative of the German Football Association submitted a proposal that for statistical purposes club matches against teams from ships must also be reported to the respective association. It was finally decided that the individual associations should make provision for this in their own rules.

• The delegates expressed their satisfaction that the International Football Association Board (IFAB) had admitted two representatives of FIFA to its ranks, thus granting world football's governing body the right to participate in decision-making on the Laws of the Game. There ensued a lively discussion as to whether FIFA, which was growing constantly, should be awarded full control over the Laws of the Game in the future. Following strong resistance from the representative of the Scottish association, it was agreed to recognise IFAB “as the body to make the Laws of the Game”.

• The Laws of the Game themselves also came under discussion. The secretary of the English FA, F.J. Wall, had heard that goal judges had acted in league matches. The Congress was therefore obliged to adopt a declaration, clearly stating that the only officials of the match are a referee and two linesmen and that goal judges must not be allowed to act.

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