Italian Football Federation

The Italian Football Federation (Italian: Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio, pronounced [federatˈtsjoːne itaˈljaːna ˈdʒwɔːko ˈkaltʃo]; FIGC [fiddʒitˈtʃi]), known colloquially as Federcalcio (pronounced [ˌfederˈkaltʃo]), is the governing body of football in Italy. It is based in Rome and the technical department is in Coverciano, Florence.[1]

Italian Football Federation
Founded26 March 1898; 126 years ago (1898-03-26)
FIFA affiliation1905
UEFA affiliation1954
PresidentGabriele Gravina

It manages and coordinates the Italian football league system. It is also responsible for appointing the management of the Italy national football team (men's), women's, and youth national football teams. The Italy national futsal team also belongs to the federation.



The Federation was established in Turin on 26 March 1898[2] as the Federazione Italiana del Football (FIF), on the initiative of a Constituent Assembly established on 15 March by Enrico D'Ovidio. Mario Vicary was elected the first official president of the FIF on 26 March.[3]

When, in 1909, it was suggested to change the Federation's name at an annual board elections held in Milan, the few teams attending, representing less than 50% of the active clubs, decided to send a postcard asking all teams to vote for the five new names discussed during the meeting. The new name approved was "Federazione Italiana Giuoco del Calcio" (FIGC), and since then has been the name of the Italian Football Federation. The debut of the Men's National Team was on 15 May 1910, at Arena Civica, wearing a white jersey where Italy defeated France 6–2. The following year, the blue jersey was introduced on the occasion of the match against Hungary as a tribute to the colour of the House of Savoy.[4][5]

This Italian Federation was an amateur federation respecting FIFA rules when it became a member in 1905. At the end of World War I, the federation had seen impressive development and several footballers were judged to be professional players and banned according to FIFA agreements. From 1922 to 1926, new and more severe rules were approved for keeping the "amateur" status real and effective, such as footballers' residence and transfer controls but the best players were secretly paid and moved from other provinces illegally. Foreigners had to live in the country to get a residence visa and a players' card. When, in 1926, the Italian Federation Board resigned following a very difficult referees' strike, the fascist Lando Ferretti, president of the Italian Olympic Committee (C.O.N.I.), nominated a Commission to reform all Leagues and federal rules. The Commission signed a document called the Carta di Viareggio (Rules issued in Viareggio) where football players were recognised as "non-amateurs" and able to apply for refunds for the money they had lost while playing for the football teams. They had to sign the declaration not being professional players so that FIFA rules were respected because for FIGC; they were appearing as "amateurs" receiving just refunds. It was the beginning of professionalism in Italy. The Carta di Viareggio reduced the number of foreign players to just one per match so that the majority of Hungarians remained jobless and returned to their country.

Commissioner Bruno Zauli led the FIGC renovation process (1959), with the establishment of three Leagues (Professional, Semi-professional, Amateur) and the creation of the Technical and Youth Sectors.

Between 1964 and 1980, foreign players were banned from the Italian league, primarily to revive the national team.

In December 1998, the FIGC celebrated its centenary at the Stadio Olimpico in a match featuring Italy vs World XI, with Italy winning 6–2.[6]

The FIGC was placed in administration in May 2006 as a result of the 2006 Italian football scandal and was put under the management of Guido Rossi. In May 2006, Rossi was chosen and accepted the role of president of Telecom Italia. This appointment caused angry reactions from club presidents in Italy. On 19 September, Rossi resigned as Commissioner of FIGC.[7][8] On 21 September, Luca Pancalli, head of the Italian Paralympic Committee, was chosen to replace Rossi.[9] On 2 April 2007, a new President was elected, with former Vice-President Giancarlo Abete being voted by 264 grand electors out of 271.[citation needed]

Following the 2014 FIFA World Cup Abete resigned and Carlo Tavecchio was elected president of the Federation and Michele Uva as general manager. The new governance began many reforms on the main aspects of Italian football, particularly through the use of young players trained in Italy, the economic sustainability - financial professional clubs, start the reorganization of the operating structure of the FIGC. In support of the activity and with a view of maximum transparency, the FIGC public a series of documents: Football Report, Integrated Budget (evolution of the Social Report), Management Report, Income Statement of Italian football.[10] On 20 November 2017, Tavecchio resigned as Italian Football Federation president, seven days after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the first time since 1958.[11][12]



National teams

  • Third place (1): 2013

National youth teams

  • Runner-up (1): 2023
  • Third place (1): 2017
  • Fourth place (1): 2019
  • Fourth place (1): 1987

National futsal team


List of presidents



No. Name Tenure
1 Mario Vicarj 1898–1905
2 Giovanni Silvestri 1905–1907
3 Emilio Balbiano di Belgioioso 1907–1909
4 Luigi Bosisio 1909–1910
5 Felice Radice 1910–1911
6 Emilio Valvassori 1911
7 Alfonso Ferrero de Gubernatis Ventimiglia 1911–1912
8 Vittorio Rignon 1912–1913
9 Luigi De Rossi 1913–1914
10 Carlo Montù 1914–1915
11 Francesco Mauro 1915–1919
12 Carlo Montù 1919–1920
13 Francesco Mauro 1920
14 Luigi Bozino 1920–1921
15 Giovanni Lombardi 1922–1923
16 Luigi Bozino 1923–1924
Directory 1924
17 Luigi Bozino 1924–1926
18 Leandro Arpinati 1926–1933
19 Giorgio Vaccaro 1933–1942
20 Luigi Ridolfi Vay da Verrazzano 1942–1943
20 Giovanni Mauro 1943
Directory 1943–1944
21 Fulvio Bernardini 1944
23 Ottorino Barassi 1944–1958
24 Bruno Zauli 1958–1959
25 Umberto Agnelli 1959–1961
26 Giuseppe Pasquale 1961–1967
27 Artemio Franchi 1967–1976
28 Franco Carraro 1976–1978
29 Artemio Franchi 1978–1980
30 Federico Sordillo [it] 1980–1986
31 Franco Carraro 1986–1987
32 Antonio Matarrese 1987–1996
33 Raffaele Pagnozzi [it] 1996–1997
34 Luciano Nizzola [it] 1997–2000
35 Gianni Petrucci 2000–2001
36 Franco Carraro 2001–2006
37 Guido Rossi 2006
38 Luca Pancalli 2006–2007
39 Giancarlo Abete 2007–2014
40 Carlo Tavecchio 2014–2018
41 Roberto Fabbricini [it] 2018
42 Gabriele Gravina 2018–


  1. ^ This edition of the tournament was interrupted due to the annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany on 12 March 1938.


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