In 2020, all meetings of the FIFA Council and the Bureau of the FIFA Council were held online, ensuring that the most significant issues facing football could be decided unhindered. Likewise, the FIFA Congress, postponed to September, was able to go ahead by videoconference for the first time ever and was attended by all 211 member associations.
With two years to go to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, it was also imperative that the preliminary competitions be defined in order to enable continental qualification to go ahead. FIFA hosted continental preliminary draws live online, ensuring that the international match calendar would not be unnecessarily congested ahead of world football’s showpiece event.
Rounding off 2020, the finest performers in an extraordinary year were crowned as The Best FIFA Football Awards™ went virtual in December. Hosted live from the Home of FIFA in Zurich, nominees for each category connected to discover who had won.
While the global pandemic may have caused disruption to FIFA’s competitions, the organisation’s innovative spirit ensured that world football could continue off the pitch.