“When we come to the end of our careers, we become ex-teachers or former presidents. But when you retire, you don’t become ex-players as such. You go from being players to legends, which is something unique to football, as you are role models for children around the world and you have a special role to play in society. As FIFA President, I would like to thank you for everything you have done and continue to do in football and for football.”
Taking a practical approach to learning, the inaugural edition of The Next 90 comprised seven modules and ran for ten months. It came to an end with an in-person session in December 2022, at which the participants showed what they had learned during the programme and presented a final project to mark the start of their second careers. The Next 90 programme is aimed at former players with at least one international cap to their name and a good command of English, both written and spoken.