A large number of development initiatives were carried out in June as member associations from every confederation reaped the benefits of FIFA programmes. FIFA.com now casts a look back over last month's activity and the most notable events.
Despite seven previous CAF Africa Cup of Nations titles, Egypt's campaign to qualify for the 2013 edition ground to a halt on home soil as they suffered a surprise loss to the Central African Republic. The victors were thus able to celebrate a triumph which suggests that, for all the difficulties encountered, the efforts of the government and FIFA to develop local football are starting to bear fruit.
Story of the month
Arthur Wharton was the name on everybody's lips at the Home of FIFA on 6 June as homage was paid to the world's first ever black professional footballer. Representatives from the Arthur Wharton Foundation travelled to Zurich to present FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter with a maquette of the bronze statue of the tall goalkeeper which will soon enjoy pride of place at FIFA's headquarters.
That gift will help the foundation continue to spread awareness of Arthur Wharton and his story, while promoting diversity and cultural exchange. For more about Wharton, read our in-depth profile and the story about the statue presentation.
53 – The percentage of member associations in Africa that now play futsal, as opposed to 21 per cent in 2006. That significant rise points to a genuine boom in the discipline on the continent.
What they said
"Winter lasts for seven months here. Our goal was to bring continuity so that football can be played all year round. Thanks to FIFA's Goal projects, we were able to inaugurate a specialised futsal hall with a modern heating system at our headquarters in November. It had an almost immediate effect as the number of players has greatly increased, including children." Maya Lhamdorj, head of the Department of International Relations at the Mongolian Football Federation (MFF).
Diverse activities in various fields
Switzerland, Zurich, 19-21 June: Forty instructors from all four corners of the globe participated in a seminar on the Grassroots projects being carried out by FIFA's development officials. After four years of Grassroots efforts, a fruitful and constructive first assessment of the work being done was the order of the day. It was then time for the instructors to share their expertise with around 60 children from the IES school in Versoix and the Letzikids school in Zurich as the youngsters discovered the joys of a Grassroots festival.
Tahiti, Pirae, 25-29 June: Futsal in Tahiti is on the up, with no fewer than 3,900 players on record as taking part. That growth owes much to the exploits of Tahiti's national team, the AITO AIRII, who reached the final of the qualifiers for the FIFA Futsal World Cup in 2008 and 2011.
For its part, FIFA is continuing to contribute to the process via its four-year futsal development programme (2012 to 2016). The new cycle got under way at the end of June with courses and training initiatives organised for the discipline's main participants.
Germany, Hanover, 29 May-2 June: Back in Europe, meanwhile, Germany held its first course for futsal coaches at the Barsinghausen sports complex near Hanover, where FIFA instructor Benny Meurs led the way. The German Football Association (DFB) received a huge number of requests to take part in the event, and among those present were 19 futsal club coaches and the coaches of eight regional futsal sides, as well as four coaching instructors and 12 representatives from regional federations.
Goal Projects, new initiatives and PERFORMANCE programmes
Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, 18-23 June: A FIFA delegation met around 50 officials from the Burkinabe Football Federation (FBF) and the country's domestic league to launch a PERFORMANCE programme. Several local dignitaries and media figures were also present, including the Minister of Sports, journalists, sponsors and national television personnel to cover the event.
Uruguay, Nueva Helvecia, 14 June: President Blatter travelled to Colonia in the south of Uruguay to meet with inhabitants of Nueva Helvecia, the largest Swiss settlement in Latin America, on the occasion of the town's 150th anniversary. During his visit, he also opened an artificial pitch at the Uruguay Celeste Elite Training Centre, the funding for which was provided by the FIFA 'Win in CONMEBOL with CONMEBOL' programme. In addition, he was able to present national coach Oscar Tabarez with the FIFA Order of Merit.
Albania, Tirana: A breakthrough was made in June as the first project was completed in a new FIFA programme designed to help member associations generate supplementary income. Thanks to FIFA's financial input, the Football Association of Albania (FSHF) was able to carry out a feasibility study into the construction of a new national arena in Tirana to replace Qemal Stafa Stadium. This, and other projects like it, represent a new type of assistance FIFA is now committed to providing, which will allow associations whose revenues do not match their potential in commercial and football terms to launch projects which generate income.
Costa Rica, 20-23 June: With the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2014 in mind, a FIFA Com-Unity seminar was held in the country. Com-Unity is a Presidential programme, and the goal in Costa Rica was to aid the growth of Women's football and raise awareness of the coming tournament among the local population.
Among those present for the seminar were government bodies, business representatives, sponsors, and members of FIFA and the Costa Rican Football Association (FEDEFUTBOL), as well as the media.