Contracted revenue grew from 80% to 95% by the end of 2021, indicating that revenue targets will be surpassed by the end of the cycle. As at 31 December 2021, contracted revenue totalled USD 6,114 million, primarily from TV broadcasting rights and marketing rights related to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Revenue for the year 2021 came to USD 766 million, 3% above the budget target. In addition, the FIFA Arab Cup proved to be a resounding success and provided a taste of things to come as the clock ticks down towards the main event, for which preparations are in full swing.
Television broadcasting rights
In 2021, television broadcasting rights were successfully sold to Greece, Italy, India, Sub-Saharan Africa and other territories. Revenue posted from the sale of television broadcasting rights amounted to USD 123 million. Encouragingly, FIFA had already contracted its full four-year cycle budget at year end and expects television broadcasting rights to have set a new record by the end of the cycle.
FIFA welcomed new members to its family of partners and sponsors for Qatar 2022, which increased to 17 in number. Following their involvement in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, leading companies Hisense (electronics) and the Mengniu Group (dairy products) are back on board as FIFA World Cup Sponsors for the 2022 edition. FIFA is well on the way to securing other major FIFA World Cup 2022 global partnerships with international companies. In addition, Regional Supporter agreements were signed in 2021 with the QNB Group, Ooredoo QSC, UPL Ltd, Nubank and Claro. In 2021, revenue from the sale of marketing rights amounted to USD 131 million.
Hospitality rights and ticket sales
Revenue from hospitality rights and ticket sales totalled USD 12 million, primarily due to sales of tickets for the FIFA Arab Cup. A total of 631,742 people attended 32 matches in six stadiums.
Licensing rights performed well, with revenues of USD 180 million. FIFA is excited about the upcoming period with an expanded retail and merchandise programme for the FIFA World Cup, new e-commerce initiatives and fresh opportunities in gaming and esports.
Other revenue and income
Other revenue and income of USD 320 million benefited from an award by the United States Department of Justice to the FIFA Foundation as compensation for the losses suffered by FIFA, Concacaf and CONMEBOL as victims of decades of football corruption schemes. The total award amounted to more than USD 201 million, of which USD 60 million related to the damages suffered by FIFA and which was recognised as other income. USD 260 million related to contributions received for the operational event costs of hosting and staging the FIFA Arab Cup, the staging of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 and the Olympic Football Tournaments Tokyo 2020, break fees relating to contract cancellations, gains from property sales, the FIFA Quality Programme, the FIFA Museum, income from sales of films and video rights and revenue from prior cycles.