Between 2001 and 2006, FAP funds were principally used for making improvements to infrastructure, youth football and technical development within associations.
Today, the main focuses are the financing of technical development, planning and administration, as well as youth football, as is demonstrated by this comparison with 2010.
The following chart shows the use of FAP funds in 2010 by confederation, underlining the divergences that exist in different regions around the world, as far as football-related needs are concerned. Please note that funds applied to women’s football are included in the ‘technical development’ category.
The approval, transfer and use of FAP funds are administered by FIFA via its FAP regulations. The allocation of annual funding in its entirety is subject to certain conditions that member associations must respect.
One of the keystones of these regulations is the obligation on each association receiving FAP support to submit to an independent audit. Established to encourage member associations to demonstrate sound financial management and transparency, this requirement also enables FIFA to ensure that these resources are used appropriately.
Specifically, FAP regulations allow FIFA to ask member associations to submit to three different audits: