Whether you call it Soccer or Futbol, McKinsey & Co. Manager Andres Mejia is a big fan. Having grown up in Colombia, this is no surprise. Even though he lives in the United States now he still has plenty of opportunities to root for his favorite teams each year. Living in Miami also gives him the chance to watch futbol games live, in his own city. Futbol is an old sport, originating in 1863. The first game ever played took place on December 19th at Limes Field in London, England. Over the past one hundred fifty-three years a love of the game has spread across the entire globe.
Today, there are as many as two hundred nine different teams affiliated with the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). These teams are divided among six confederations which are located on six continents. The Asian Football Confederation boasts forty-seven different teams, while the Confederation Africaine de Football has fifty-five soccer teams. The Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football encompasses an additional forty-two soccer teams, and the Oceania Football Confederation oversees eleven more.
His home continent of South America is also home to the Confederacion Sudamericana de Futbol confederation, which handles the ten football leagues in their region. This includes Mejia’s home team “Los Cafeteros”. Lastly, the Union of European Football Associations is the confederation that oversees the fifty-four teams located in Europe. McKinsey & Co. Manager Andres Mejia is a true lover of futbol, and catches every game he possibly can.