At the time of writing, we already know of five teams whose flags will fly at the tournament for the first time and we can therefore already speak of a significant legacy potentially being left by the tournament. Indeed, creating a lasting impact through all of our projects is imperative to the health of the global game, all the more so thanks to the range of reforms that have taken place over the past seven years under the leadership of FIFA President Gianni Infantino. I would like to thank him for his support on all of the various programmes and to congratulate him on earning the backing of an overwhelming cross section of the member associations for another term in office.
We can be satisfied with the progress made, but we must never rest on our laurels. The success of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 was the product of much hard work from the FIFA team and our many trusted collaborators and the football played was indeed a delight to behold, but various challenges lie ahead, such as preparing new competitions, advancing football development and paving the way for a FIFA World Cup in three countries in 2026, to name but a few. Whatever the challenge, our commitment to working efficiently and taking a truly global approach to the world’s most popular sport will be crucial and we appreciate everyone’s support in that endeavour.