German Football Federation Sets New Record, More Than 6.8 Million Members
The membership figure of the German Football Federation (DFB) has reached the highest value in the federation's history. The federation has a total of 6,822,233 members, which is 22,105 more than the previous year. The DFB is divided into 21 state federations. The number of football clubs has remained largely stable with 25,456 clubs (2012: 25,641). DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach said, "The membership record highlights football's tremendous significance in Germany. Football has never before excited and moved more people. On the other hand, the development at the youth level has shown that we will face huge challenges in this area, especially due to the demographic change. The combined goal of the DFB, state federations and clubs has to be creating attractive offers through innovative concepts and services for the youth and the numerous volunteers" (DFB).