Following an unprecedented year of disruption in 2020, sport administrators, teams and officials were forced to cancel events and tournaments throughout much of the year. In 2021, many of these were able to take place again.
Countless events and opportunities fell by the wayside, causing competition organisers, clubs and players considerable uncertainty. FIFA was not immune to the inevitable trend, with significant cancellations and postponements to both major and grassroots events the only option throughout the year.
However, with the success of global vaccine rollouts taking effect, along with the continued implementation of the FIFA COVID-19 Relief Plan, FIFA and its 211 member associations were able to make a tentative start towards returning to normality in 2021.
Global competitions reappeared: the delayed Olympic Football Tournaments took place in Tokyo, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™ was held in Russia and Lithuania hosted the FIFA Futsal World Cup™. A new tournament was also able to take place in Qatar – the FIFA Arab Cup™.