Children play during a FIFA Grasroots schools program in Dakar, Senegal
Goal 5

Deliver sustainable tourna­ments

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Deliver sustainable tournaments and create a strong legacy

In 2020, the building blocks were laid for FIFA competitions to become more global. The range of opportunities for FIFA member associations (MAs) to host FIFA final tournaments is set to expand by either reducing tournament requirements or encouraging co-hosting to spread the development opportunities locally for football. Those events will have a greater geographical reach and be more universal in their inclusivity, audience and impact.

Adopt global and inclusive formats

The bidding process for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ was adapted as a result of the decision in July 2019 to expand the number of participating teams from 24 to 32, thus creating a more global format that reflects the concept of inclusivity to a greater extent.

Various options for the expansion of both boys’ and girls’ youth tournaments remain under review and the prospect of increasing the frequency of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ to every two years was raised consistently during the 2020 FIFA Executive Football Summits.

Create more opportunities for members to host a FIFA tournament

More geographically diverse and frequent tournaments and the possible creation of a new FIFA Women’s World League would create more opportunities for MAs to bid for and host FIFA tournaments with adapted requirements.

To enable MAs to host FIFA final tournaments, training and education was provided in relation to safety and security matters, and competition and match official role definition, while bidding/hosting workshops are also planned.

FIFA also launched the FIFA Global Volunteer platform to build a worldwide volunteer
resource base to help support the operational delivery of FIFA tournaments and events.

Reach out to and interact with global audiences

Content teams have delivered regular and relevant content across FIFA-owned and -operated channels, while also identifying and collaborating with new and relevant channels to access new audiences.    

A new TV studio has been installed at the Home of FIFA to produce content that connects directly with younger fans worldwide. The facility was inaugurated at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020.

Passionate fans also now have more direct access to hands-on experience through the FIFA Volunteer platform, a dedicated registration portal for volunteer positions at FIFA tournaments and events.

Create global impact

Long after the trophies have been lifted, FIFA’s iconic competitions deliver substantial social, financial and environmental returns for the wider community.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Legacy Fund continues to deliver projects despite COVID-19 disruption. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Legacy Fund was signed as a contract of agreed objectives with a value of USD 100 million.

A comprehensive sustainability report on the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, based on social, environmental and economic pillars, concluded that EUR 108 million was generated through the competition, 80% of total transportation was taken by public means
(low-emission) and 100% of natural sites were respected, notably by utilising existing venues and not building new stadiums.