70th FIFA Congress
Football governance

70th FIFA Congress­

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Unwa­vering support for football ­

As the FIFA Congress convened remotely for the first time ever in September 2020, President Infantino restated FIFA’s support for the football community through the FIFA COVID-19 Relief Plan.

Addressing member association presidents and delegates in every time zone, President Infantino referred to FIFA’s recently signed memorandum of understanding with the UNODC to combat match-fixing, corruption and child abuse, as well as other partnerships with major international institutions including the World Health Organization, the World Food Programme, UNESCO, UN Women, the Council of Europe, the African Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the members of the G20.

The FIFA President also highlighted football’s power as a force for good in society, citing the unprecedented move by Qatar to improve workers’ rights.

Originally scheduled for a May gathering in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the 70ᵗʰ FIFA Congress approved regulatory amendments to allow future FIFA Congress meetings to be held remotely and to cover exceptions to the general prohibition on changing associations and access to national-team football for stateless players.