On 30 May 1909, FIFA President Daniel Burley Woolfall welcomed delegates from 13 member associations to the sixth Congress in the short history of world football’s governing body. The sentiments he expressed in his opening address are as relevant now, a century on, as they were then.

The key decisions made in 1909.

• In international matches, the referee shall be selected from a neutral country.

It is also interesting to consider Carl Anton Wilhelm Hirschman’s financial report for 1909, which consisted of a mere five lines! These days, the financial report comprises more than 100 pages.