Daniel Burley Woolfall
Woolfall in 1908
2nd President of FIFA
In office
4 June 1906 – 24 October 1918
Preceded byRobert Guérin
Succeeded byJules Rimet
Personal details
Daniel Burley Woolfall

(1852-06-15)15 June 1852
Died(1918-10-24)24 October 1918 (aged 66)
OccupationFootball administrator

Daniel Burley Woolfall (15 June 1852 – 24 October 1918[1])[2] was an English football executive and the second president of FIFA.

An English Football Association administrator from Blackburn, Woolfall was elected as president on 4 June 1906. A key aim during his presidency was to achieve uniform football rules on an international level and he played a prominent role in the drafting of FIFA's new constitution. Under Woolfall, the application of the Laws of the Game, established under the English model, became compulsory and a clear definition was made of international matches. Two years after assuming the presidency, he helped to organise the first noteworthy international football competition, the 1908 Olympic Games in London. His tenure as president brought the arrival of FIFA's first non-European members in South Africa, Argentina, Chile and the United States but was interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War. Woolfall's presidency ended with his death in October 1918.


  1. ^ "In the Shadow of more Famous Names". FIFA. 17 September 1998. Archived from the original on 7 February 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2009.
  2. ^ "The History of FIFA". FIFA. Archived from the original on 24 August 2007. Retrieved 30 March 2009.