List of all the Prersidents and Commissioners who led the FIGC (Italian Football Federation)
LEGEND: Names marked in Red are Presidents/Commissioners who played in Azzurro as a player.
Names marked in Green are Presidents/Commissioners who served as National Coaches.
Luigi Enrico D'OVIDIO
The Italian Football Federation was established on the 15 March 1898 in Turin under the name FIF - Federazione Italiana Football (Italian Football Federation) but moved the Head Office to Milano in 1905 when it became a member of FIFA, the World Football Federation which was founded just a year before. In 1909 the English word 'football' was changed in the name to the Italian 'giuoco calcio' and the current name was established - FIGC - Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio. The Italian National team played it's first match on the 15 May 1910 at the 'Arena' of Milano when the Azzurri beat France 6-2.
After six years in Milano, in 1911, the Head Office returned to Turin but in 1921 there was a schism between the member clubs and another Federation was created to compete with the FIGC: the CCI - Confederazione Calcistica Italiana (Italian Football Confederation). Truce returned a year later and both Federations merged again into the FIGC, which moved the Head Office to Bologna in 1926. In the summer of 1926 the 'Carte di Viareggio' was enacted by which a distinction was created between 'amateur players' and 'professionals'. The last move of the Head Office occurred in 1929 when it was moved to Rome where it is still today. The Federation was listed by National Law on the 16 February 1942 and like all other Italian National Sports Federations falls under the auspicious of CONI (Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano). The Italian Football Federation was one of the founding members of UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations in 1954 and organized successfully two World Cups (1934 and 1990) and two European Nations Championships (1968 and 1980).
During extraordinary times or when no agreement can be reached in electing an FIGC President, CONI creates temporary Commissioners to lead the Federation. During the Second World War, when there was the problem of the federal unity of the country Commissioners where created to reflect the different areas of the peninsula (North, Centre - South). There were times when the President could not continue and the Vice-President was created 'Interim' President to lead the Federation until a new election was held. In other times the Vice-President was created Regent (that is, leading the Federation without the help of the council) and on one particular occasion a President was elected but refused the position.