FIFA created a new human rights and anti-discrimination department in 2020. FIFA also committed to further embed human rights within its decision-making bodies following a recommendation of the FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board (HRAB), while continuing to engage with human rights stakeholders.
The most comprehensive measures to protect human rights as part of a FIFA tournament were made for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in partnership with the local tournament organisers, focusing on labour rights, diversity and anti-discrimination, and accessibility. FIFA has required candidate host cities for the FIFA World Cup 2026 to develop human rights plans based on local stakeholder engagement and integrated human rights in the planning of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
In addition, FIFA held discussions with the IR Iran FA for women to be granted access to stadiums, to build on the progress made prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
In order to further protect the game, FIFA has taken further important steps to strengthen players’ rights, including new FIFA regulations to protect female players, particularly in relation to maternity rights, and to initiate a process to revise regulations on the eligibility of players based on gender to ensure players’ human rights are respected.