May 21, 2021

  • All future hosts of the FIFA Women’s World Cup ™ will be decided by the FIFA Congress

  • FIFA to explore new opportunities for FIFA World Cup ™ and FIFA Women’s World Cup

  • President Infantino defines 11 areas for action in football

The 71st FIFA Congress voted unanimously to align the bid process for hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup ™ with that for the Men’s FIFA World Cup ™. The allocation of all future hosts will be voted on by the FIFA Congress, as is the case for the FIFA World Cup, and will no longer be decided by the FIFA Council (as was still the case for the FIFA World Cup). case in June 2020, when Australia and New Zealand were announced as hosts of the 2023 edition in a transparent vote).

11 fields of action

In his address to the 211 FIFA member associations, President Gianni Infantino described 11 areas of action in football over the coming year, in which FIFA will play a leading role. From improving the international men’s and women’s match schedules for the benefit of players to finding opportunities to use modern technology to further connect the global football community, President Infantino listed the body’s top priorities. world football leader.

On women’s football, the FIFA President underlined the continued growth of women’s football and the fact that the qualifiers for the 2023 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup would include more than 180 teams, compared to the 140 who participated. qualifiers for the 2019 edition. He said the time had come for FIFA to step up that momentum and to further professionalize and commercialize women’s football, for example through stand-alone media rights agreements and new competitions .

Referring to the international transfer market, President Infantino stressed that there is still a strong imbalance in world football and that global spending on player transfers ($ 7 billion in 2019) is not reflected in the payment of compensation. training clubs (only USD 70 million in 2019), which are often unpaid. To address this, the FIFA Clearinghouse will help enforce training allowances and solidarity payments, potentially raising the amount to $ 300 million per year.

Regarding youth football and technical development, President Infantino highlighted the ‘Give Every Talent a Chance’ initiative, through which FIFA works with its member associations to develop tailor-made plans to help them develop young people. football outlook. FIFA will also examine the situation of referees around the world and seek to professionalize their involvement in football.

In collaboration with the IFAB, FIFA is working to improve the Laws of the Game in order to protect the interests of players (with the introduction of substitutions for concussions) and to encourage attacking football (by proposing a modification of the interpretation of the offside law taking into account the impact of VAR).

Explore new opportunities

Meeting by videoconference for the second time, the FIFA Congress also voted unanimously to create a new Football Tribunal within FIFA, which will adopt the dispute resolution responsibilities of the Player’s Status Committee. dissolved.

The FIFA Congress approved a number of proposals submitted by member associations, namely:

  • that a full consultation process be conducted to explore opportunities for women’s world competitions, including a women’s world league (proposal put forward by the Jamaican Football Federation);

  • that a feasibility study be carried out to explore the possible impact of hosting the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Women’s World Cup every two years instead of the current four-year interval ( proposal put forward by the Saudi Football Federation); and

  • that the FIFA administration make a proposal for the future of FIFA’s youth competitions (proposal by the Liberian Football Association).

The FIFA Congress also voted on the election and / or re-election of the chairmen and vice-chairmen of the independent committees:

Disciplinary committee: president – Jorge Palacio (Colombia); vice-president – Anin Yeboah (Ghana)

Investigation chamber of the ethics committee: president – Martin Ngoga (Rwanda); vice-presidents – Bruno De Vita (Canada) and Parusuraman Subramanian (Malaysia)

Judgment chamber of the ethics committee: president – Vassilios Skouris (Greece); vice-presidents – María Claudia Rojas (Colombia) and Fiti Sunia (American Samoa)

Appeal committee: president – Neil Eggleston (USA); vice-president – Thomas Bodström (Sweden)

Governance, audit and compliance committee: president – Mukul Mudgal (India); vice-president – Chris Mihm (United States)

Congress approved FIFA’s financial statements for 2020, as well as the detailed budget for 2022, both available in FIFA’s 2020 annual report.

Relive the 71st FIFA Congress

Watch the videos broadcast during the Congress:

The year in review

Speech by the President of the Swiss Confederation Guy Parmelin

Speech by IOC President Thomas Bach

Speech by the President of the Swiss Federation, Dominique Blanc

In memory

Alejandro Dominguez, President of the FIFA Finance Committee

FIFA consolidated and statutory accounts for 2020

Detailed budget 2022

Chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee Tomaž Vesel

Amendments to the FIFA Statutes

Jamaican Football Federation proposal

Saudi Football Federation proposal

Proposal of the Liberian Football Association