Newly Independent South Sudan Becomes 209th Member Of FIFA

South Sudan, a state that ceded from Sudan in 2005 and achieved full independence last July, has been granted full membership in FIFA, world soccer’s governing body.

Delegates overwhelmingly voted to admit the newly independent state at FIFA’s annual congress Friday, a move that will make South Sudan eligible for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.  South Sudan is the 209th member of FIFA.     

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