FIFA Order of Merit

The FIFA Order of Merit is the highest honour awarded by FIFA. The award is presented at the annual FIFA congress. It is normally awarded to people who are considered to have made a significant contribution to football.

At FIFA's centennial congress they made one award for every decade of their existence. These awards were also handed out to fans, organisations, clubs, and one to African Football. These were referred to as the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit.

The winner doesn't have to be directly involved with football to receive it. One such notable non-footballing personality was Nelson Mandela who won it for bringing South Africa back to international football.



Recipient Year Nationality
Lev Yashin 1988
Francisco Varallo 1994
Zico 1996
Bobby Moore 1996
Salif Keita 1996
Michelle Akers 1998
Larbi Benbarek 1998
Gilmar 1998
Gerd Müller 1998
Fernand Sastre 1998
Franz Beckenbauer 2004
Pelé 2004
Lee Ramoon 2004
Johnny Warren 2004
Paolo Maldini 2008
Dino Zoff 2008

Football Referees

Recipient Year Nationality
Farouk Bouzo 1996
Javier Arriaga Muñiz 1996

Football Officials

Recipient Year Nationality
Maurice Burlaz 1996
Guillermo Canedo 1998
Henry Fok 1998 /
Julio Grondona 1998
Viacheslav Koloskov 1998
Bert Millichip 1998
Karl Heinz Weigang 1998
Santiago Bernabéu 2002
João Havelange 2004
Jules Rimet 2004

Other Individuals

Recipient Year Nationality
Henry Kissinger 1996
Nelson Mandela 1998


Recipient Year Nationality
Real Madrid 2004
Sheffield F.C. 2004


Recipient Year Nationality Corporation
Douglas Ivester 1996 Coca-Cola
Robert Louis-Dreyfus 1996 Adidas
Adidas 2004 N/A
Coca-Cola 2004 N/A
Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive 2004 N/A


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