In January 2021, the FIFA Guardians Safeguarding in Sport Diploma, the first of its kind, was launched together with the Open University. It was designed to further raise safeguarding standards and to professionalise and train safeguarding officers in football. The diploma is made up of five online courses, together with a series of webinars, assignments and a residential workshop for designated learners. As of December 2021, 204 FIFA Learners were enrolled on this new FIFA educational programme and are expected to graduate in early 2023. In addition, more than 3,000 open learners from around the world signed up to the programme and will start with the FIFA Guardians Safeguarding Essentials module.
As a cornerstone of FIFA’s commitment to support its members, FIFA continued to hold a series of safeguarding workshops for all its member associations, working closely with therespective confederations.