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Goal 7

Maximise our development impact ­

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Maximise our impact on global football development

FIFA’s statutory objective is to improve the game constantly and promote it globally. In the first implementation phase of the 2020-2023 period outlined in The Vision, the organisation worked towards achieving a greater geographical proximity to its member associations (MAs). It also laid building blocks for further growth through many examples of reinforced governance structures and development of professionals and systems operating within them.

Promote good governance

The FIFA Secretary General completed a six-month mission with CAF to support the acceleration of reforms, delivering a series of recommendations and proposals based on three pillars: good governance, financial management and internal procedures; efficient and professional organisation of competitions; and the growth and development of African football.

FIFA continues to promote such principles of good governance across the MAs and confederations, as well as through the sustained progress of its own reforms. Events aimed at achieving this included the 3rd FIFA Compliance Summit, during which the first FIFA Compliance Handbook was published, and the 2nd FIFA Data Protection Summit, where a portal was launched including a more concise privacy policy giving information related to personal data processing. In addition, the Professional Football Landscape was launched, providing the first-ever digital database comprising key facts and figures on men’s players, clubs, transfers and leagues across all 211 MAs.

Enhance global presence

FIFA strengthened its geographical proximity to MAs in 2020 by opening its 11th Regional Development Office in Brazzaville, Congo. The principle of opening an additional regional office in Paris was also agreed on by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, French President Emmanuel Macron and French Football Association President Noël Le Graët.

Promote the development of football infrastructure

Minimum sustainable infrastructure standards were established for FIFA Forward infrastructure projects to take into consideration environmental concerns – and will become mandatory for all future projects. 

Via the FIFA Forward Impact Map, the range of diverse, solid and sustainable Forward projects is now transparently communicated with an overview of key data for MAs and confederations on FIFA.com. FIFA is also piloting further ideas to assess the development of a unit for central procurement related to different infrastructure projects.

Strengthen competences of football professionals worldwide

During 2020, FIFA continued to create the conditions for the further professionalisation of MAs and their staff, focusing on their training to bolster football administration. 

Regular webinars and seminars allowed a frequent exchange with all stakeholders, with such technology supporting new educational modules including the FIFA Diploma in Football Law, the FIFA Executive Programme in Sports Arbitration and the Football Law Annual Review 2019. Applications for the FIFA Diploma in Club Management and the FIFA Executive Programme in Anti-Doping were also requested prior to the formal launch of these academic programmes in 2021.  

FIFA launched eight new women’s football development programmes and published the Women’s Football Administrator Handbook to give all MAs further access to tailored expertise to further professionalise the women’s game.