The Chinese national football team recognized as China PR by FIFA, is the national association football team of the People's Republic of China and is governed by the Chinese Football Association. The team is colloquially referred to as "Team China" (Chinese: ???), the "National Team" (Chinese: ???) or "Guózú" (Chinese: ??, short for Chinese: ?????; pinyin: Guóji? Zúqiú Duì; literally: "national football team"). The team was founded in 1924 by the Republic of China and joined FIFA in 1931. Following the Chinese Civil War, the Chinese Football Association was formed in the newly founded People's Republic of China. They remained affiliated with FIFA until 1958, when they withdrew, but they rejoined the organization in 1979.