FIFA has a clear vision: to keep football free of doping. It is FIFA's duty to protect players from harm and ensure that footballers can compete on an level playing field. Since FIFA is dealing with ambitious and independent individuals, its anti-doping strategy relies on education and prevention. FIFA and the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC) respect the dignity and private life of each player who is subject to testing.
FIFA and the FIFA Medical Committee base any decisions related to their anti-doping programme on the specifics of the game, scientific evidence and analysis of validated doping statistics. FIFA's responsibility in the fight against doping is acknowledged by stringent doping control regulations, ongoing data collection and support of evidence-based research implemented by F-MARC.
At the same time, FIFA has proved to be a reliable partner of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the international federations (IFs), in particular the team sport federations, in the much-needed worldwide collaboration to safeguard the health of athletes and the spirit of fair competition.
This roadmap outlines the different steps taken by FIFA to implement the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) in football at all levels of play, among different age groups and both genders and also considering those who are potential future stars.
It also reflects FIFA's underlying principles and strategy as world football's governing body in its football-specific approach to an effective and efficient anti-doping programme for the most popular sport worldwide.