Corruption in FIFA: Organisational Structure And Corruption Susceptibility

Sven Junghagen, Mads Frederik Wagner

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference abstract in proceedingsResearchpeer-review


The purpose of this research is to examine the susceptibility of the formal FIFA network to a grand vote rigging corruption scheme of the FIFA World Cup host elections. To date, little research has been published on the vulnerabilities of FIFA’s inter-organisational network structure. Following the elections of Russia to host the World Cup in 2018 and Qatar to host the World Cup in 2022, 34 FIFA officials and two corporations were indicted by the FBI on charges of different forms of corruption. The indictments reveal an organisation deeply embedded with corruption and with complete disregard for democratic processes in the placement of the World Cup. This research is set out to examine if the formal network structure is part of the blame.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 25th EASM Conference, 5-8 September 2017, Bern and Magglingen, Switzerland, Challenges and Developments of Sport Organisations : Book of Abstracts
EditorsTim Ströbel, Tim Breitbarth, Hippolyt Kempf, Claas Christian Germelmann, Siegfried Nagel
Place of PublicationBern
PublisherUniversity of Bern
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)9783906813448
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe 25th European Association for Sports Management Conference. EASM 2017 - Bern and Magglingen, Switzerland
Duration: 5 Sep 20178 Sep 2017
Conference number: 25


ConferenceThe 25th European Association for Sports Management Conference. EASM 2017
CityBern and Magglingen
Internet address

Cite this