WFO - WFO History 
World Football Organization   Football for the people

WFO History

The World Football Organization (WFO) was officially formed in the summer of 2002. Its history does date much further back, though. Its predecessor is the World Football Organization (WFO), which was founded in 1999 by Boye Bjerkholt (Norway), Flemming Vorbeck (Denmark), Jóhannes Birgir Jensson (Iceland) and Michael Raney (USA).

On February 23rd 1999, the WFO was registered in Reykjavík, Iceland, and thus was legally formed.

The WFO was formed to join together the projects that all four had worked on. Jóhannes and Michael began in 1995 with Teams of the World (TOTW), a directory of football clubs around the world that had information on 1000 clubs in 1999. The TOTW is now part of the World Football Database (WFD). Boye began in 1997 with his Football Club Sites on the Net (FCSN), a massive collection of football links which he still maintains, under the name Football on the Net (FN). Flemming began in 1998 with High Quality Football Logos (HQFL), a site that provides detailed versions of club and federation logos; the site is still in full operation and grows constantly.

Combining links and logos with club information from countries around the world, the WFD became a new resource in the rapidly expanding football world.

From the beginning the WFO had two objectives, to provide valuable information on football with its database and to assist development projects such as Pyramide Sport Center in Cameroon.

The time consuming nature of both FN and HQFL meant that Boye and Flemming had to withdraw from active participation in 2001 but were still a valuable part of the WFO and are now honorary members of the WFO.

In 2002 the focus of the WFO began to shift even more towards development programs and restructuring of the WFO began. On the 16th of June in 2002, the WFO was registered in the State of Michigan, USA, as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization led by Michael, Jóhannes and Gerrit De Feyter, the Belgian correspondent of the old WFO.