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The year in review

The Vision 2020‑2023

5 min. reading time

President’s foreword

The Vision 2020-2023 is a pledge not only to FIFA’s member associations, but to everyone who loves football.

As the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Women’s World Cup – the biggest football competitions in the world – travel to new frontiers in Qatar 2022 and Australia and New Zealand 2023, so the highest levels of the game must come to reflect the whole global population that lives and breathes football.

In the past year, FIFA was able, thanks to the sound financial management of recent years, to practically support our member associations with collaboration, compassion, and leadership through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, having ensured that no member of the football family need struggle alone, we can push forward to develop the modern, accessible and inclusive global game that we have envisioned.

This review gives a comprehensive overview of our achievements and the foundations we have laid in the first year of the Vision. As far as what comes next, strengthened governance and transfer system reform will generate more money for the sustainable development of football, while FIFA’s organisational efficiency will be optimised through revised internal processes. Not only will we enhance the stage on which to showcase the world’s best, but we also aspire to improve the state of sport and society as a result, through football.

In engaging with the game’s stakeholders, we have not only spoken but, more importantly, also listened. In doing so, FIFA has created a forum for debate about the matters that affect us all: the international match calendar, competitions, development initiatives, the use of technology, and governance reform. There is no need to shy away from differing views: on the contrary, we all benefit from the creativity and innovation that arise from debate, leading to new and better ways of running the game for everyone.

It is this spirit of collaboration that we take with us into the second year of the Vision to make football truly global. After all, the world’s game must reflect the world.

Yours in football,

Gianni Infantino

26 February 2021

Looking ahead

In 2020, I published my 'Vision 2020-2023', which outlined the need to make football truly global. 

Twelve months into that plan, we can look back at the progress that we have made, and identify the challenges that remain ahead.

The world had to take a step back in 2020 as we put health first, and we found ourselves with twin objectives to serve football: to push forward in building the new FIFA, and to be there for our sport in its hour of need.

FIFA exists to govern football and the structure behind that underwent vital change in 2020. The organisation is fast evolving into a body that can more effectively serve our game, truly popularising, developing and democratising football for the benefit of the entire world.

The new FIFA is modernising our sport to be global, accessible and inclusive in all aspects. Not just on one or two continents, but everywhere.

Just as players don't celebrate victory at half time, we are not declaring job done. This new FIFA will continue to help develop football everywhere so that there are at least 50 national teams and 50 clubs from all continents that can truly compete at a top competitive level.

A lot will need to change in order to deliver this vision, but I want to present some specific targets for FIFA over the next 12 months.

To protect the sport

The FIFA Clearing House will begin operations, a crucial step in the reform of the transfer system to protect the integrity of the sport and a development that will see money remaining in football, for the benefit of football. 

In addition, the "third (and final) reform package" will tie up loose ends relating to the operating model of football transfers.

To build rock-solid foundations

The administration will further digitise and streamline its business processes, with regular governance-based financial reporting. 

FIFA will also roll out a new operating model, with local entities set up to deliver tournaments in host countries, while transparent bidding processes, for the next top-tier FIFA competitions to be launched.

To showcase the world’s best

Cooperation is key when it comes to the international match calendar. Together with stakeholders, we need to be open to rethink how a truly global football can be achieved, and tackle increasing competitive imbalances in the process. 

To improve the state of sport and society

FIFA is investing big in women’s football, and we need to provide the robust competition structures to further support the professionalisation of the sport. Many innovative ideas are on the table. 

Finally, the safeguarding of children needs to be prioritised and I will continue to push for an independent international safe sports entity to be established in the year ahead.

As we advance towards 2022, towards the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and then into 2023, with the biggest-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, we will deliver on these objectives. 

We are bringing a more accessible and inclusive football to the four corners of the world 

And fulfilling a vision to make football truly global.