CAIRO- 28 March 2022: In July 2020, FIFA launched an unprecedented FIFA COVID-19 Relief Plan to provide security and support to all 211 FIFA member associations (MAs) as they faced extensive disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In total, FIFA made USD 1.5 billion available and, over the past two years, over 200 FIFA MAs have utilised this funding to protect football and footballers in their country and to secure a safe future for the sport.
These funds have been distributed across the world, as each MA faces unique challenges during the pandemic that require tailored solutions. The FIFA COVID-19 Relief Plan has allowed MAs to tackle these challenges head-on.
Two years on from when the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, FIFA has published a report to highlight the resolve and initiative shown by the football world in the face of this unparalleled challenge.
“There can be no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge that world football has ever faced,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “That is why I am so proud of the response by FIFA, the confederations and all our member associations in acting quickly, decisively and unanimously to develop a detailed support plan to help the entire football family.