The need for a single body to oversee bocce associations became clear shortly after
World War II. The spiritual father of FIB, André Mignot, started negotiations among French, Swiss and Italian bocce associations. FIB was founded in
Ville-la-Grand (France) on April 14, 1946, and the first official international competition took place the next year.
 During the next 60 years the number of associations increased from only four (
Switzerland) to more than 50.