Despite the difficulties presented by COVID-19, the Brazilian Football Association (CBF) inaugurated new headquarters for the national Superior Sports Court for Football (STJD).
The STJD is the highest instance of Brazilian football law, and discusses and rules on the legality of events in domestic football. It is composed of six disciplinary committees, an appeals body, prosecutors and administrative staff, with a total of 81 people serving the STJD.
"We are very pleased with the modernisation of the STJD, supported by FIFA’s Forward Programme," said CBF President Rogério Caboclo. "It will bring the necessary innovation and most modern technology to the processes and decisions, related to all parties involved such as players, clubs and competitions in a country where the football community has continental dimensions."
Since 2012, the number of national competitions has expanded from seven to 19, significantly increasing the workload and the number of employees needed to deal with disciplinary cases.
The innovative offices provide employees and authorities with a fit-for-purpose working environment to further boost their efficiency and better serve Brazilian football. The FIFA Forward funds were vital to the remodelling of the property, equipping it with ample offices and meeting rooms as well as state-of-the-art technology to protect the STJD from any possible cyberattacks.