The Vision 2020-2023

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The global game

The Vision 2020‑2023 ­

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Football in 2020 vision

On the fourth anniversary of Gianni Infantino’s election as FIFA President, FIFA published his action plan for the organisation over the course of the coming years: Making Football Truly Global: The Vision 2020-2023.

Following the successful reform of FIFA, it was time to look at the whole football landscape and identify the areas on which world football’s governing body should focus. Ultimately, FIFA’s key mission is to truly globalise, popularise and democratise football for the benefit of the entire world.

“This document lays out a plan to further modernise the football world, make it increasingly inclusive and pave the way to a landscape in which, one day, we will have at least 50 national teams and 50 clubs from all continents at a top competitive level,” said President Infantino.

11 goals to make football truly global

Making Football Truly Global: The Vision 2020-2023 is a blueprint for FIFA to pursue its stated objective while navigating a fast-changing world. It revolves around 11 key goals, each comprising four pillars, which range from delivering sustainable tournaments to creating more opportunities for member associations to host a FIFA tournament; from creating unique experiences for fans and global audiences to fighting racism and all other forms of discrimination.

1. Modernise the football regulatory framework ­

The rules governing football are established to protect the game in its entirety. To fulfil this purpose, it is crucial to continuously modernise the regulatory framework, thereby ensuring that its transparency is safeguarded on a global scale and that the interests of all football stakeholders around the world are taken into account.

2. Grow revenues sustainably for further reinvestment in football ­

Investing in football is FIFA’s chief priority; it is the ultimate goal behind a number of programmes dedicated to supporting the member associations and other football stakeholders. Building on the solid foundation provided by the FIFA World Cup™, new sustainable revenue streams need to be achieved in order to ensure the continuous flow of such investment.

3. Increase the efficiency and efficacy of the organisation ­

It is FIFA’s duty to serve the football movement and meet the needs of its members. To do so, it should adopt a service-oriented approach and continuously increase its organisational capabilities to become increasingly efficient and effective.

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4. Ensure the success of our iconic competitions ­

FIFA's competitions are the perfect stage to showcase top football talent from around the world and to make billions of football fans dream. The outstanding success of the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and FIFA’s new global club football tournament is pivotal to keeping this virtuous cycle running.

5. Globalise our competitions

Football is becoming more and more global. In the same vein, FIFA strives to ensure that its competitions are genuinely global events in terms of inclusivity, location, audience and, most of all, impact.

6. Increase global competitiveness

When it comes to the level of football, the disparity between different regions of the world has been steadily widening. FIFA should take concrete steps to bridge this gap, with the long-term ambition of bringing at least 50 national teams and 50 clubs from all continents to a top competitive level.

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7. Maximise our impact on global football development ­

FIFA’s statutory objective is to improve the game constantly and promote it globally. This involves enhancing the football development landscape so that it has a positive impact around the globe, across all disciplines – whether men’s football, women’s football, youth football, futsal or beach soccer.

8. Accelerate the growth of women’s football

All over the world, girls and women play football with great passion. Bolstering the women’s game, as well as the participation of women in football governance at all levels, is at the top of the game’s agenda around the world. FIFA will continue to support this process by structurally boosting the participation of women in the game and its governance.

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9. Harness technology in football ­

Over the course of the past few years, technology has permeated the football world, reshaping the way people think about the sport and presenting a wide array of possibilities. FIFA should ensure that technology is used to the best of its potential with the aim of improving the quality of the football experience on and off the pitch.

10. Protect positive values in football ­

Football’s core values are the reason why it is more than a game. It is FIFA’s duty to protect and foster these values, ensuring that they remain strong around the world and maximising their potential to positively impact the football movement as a whole.

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11. Impact society through the power of football ­

The power of football in society is on display every day around the world. It is a game that brings people together, inspires generations and promotes team spirit. FIFA is dedicated to harnessing this power in order to have a positive social impact and address global challenges such as climate change, thereby contributing tangibly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Making football truly global, at every level, is the core task for FIFA to pursue over the coming years.
Gianni Infantino
FIFA President

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