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The Journey

Mile­stones 2019

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Establishment of FIFA Forward 2.0

The second phase of FIFA’s development programme increased investments to USD 1.76
billion for the four-year cycle. This effectively represents five times more than member associations received in 2015 and includes up to USD 6 million for each member association and USD 12 million for each of the confederations.



Launch of the Football for Schools Programme

Working with national governments and United Nations agencies, FIFA’s Football for Schools Programme makes the game more accessible to children, contributing to
their overall education and development of life skills.



Introduction of a new global club football tournament

FIFA’s new global club football tournament will be played for the first time in June/July 2021. This new event will represent the pinnacle of club football at the global level, opening an unprecedented pathway for clubs and fans from all over the world to compete and connect with each other.



A historic FIFA Women’s World Cup

The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 was a watershed moment for the women’s game, reaching a total of 1.12 billion viewers and doubling the live match audience compared to the 2015 edition.



Introduction of a child safeguarding programme ­

FIFA launched a dedicated programme and toolkit – FIFA Guardians™ – to help member
associations and confederations around the world to introduce stronger child safeguarding measures in football.



Entry into force of the new FIFA Code of Ethics and FIFA Disciplinary Code

The new rules strengthen the system, enhance transparency and streamline ethics and
disciplinary proceedings, introducing the right to request public hearings, pro bono legal aid and a stricter legal framework for racist incidents.



Expansion of the FIFA Women’s World Cup

The success of the tournament in France highlighted the need to keep developing the
game on a global scale. To that end, the FIFA Council unanimously voted to expand it to a 32-team competition starting in 2023.



Endorsement of the second Transfer Reform Package

The approval of the second Transfer Reform Package will ensure the effective regulation of agents, player loans, training compensation and solidarity mechanisms.



Launch of FIFA’s legal portal­

The new legal portal provides greater transparency by ensuring, for the first time ever, public access to the decisions of FIFA’s judicial bodies, as well as to other relevant legal and compliance documents.