FIFA developed a blueprint to ensure the safe return of international football. The Return to Football – International Match Protocol was the result of extensive consultation with the six confederations and other stakeholder representatives, and was shared with FIFA’s 211 member associations and the confederations.
Crucially, many member associations chose to use this funding to ensure their FIFA World Cup qualifiers could take place safely and on schedule. For some, this is a regular challenge, but now further complicated by COVID-19 and travel restrictions, it was imperative for FIFA to provide support.
Additionally, the competition regulations for FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers were adapted to reflect the new mandatory measures.