FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will on Saturday 6 July 2013, embark on a four-day journey to Jordan, Palestine and Israel. The trip follows a decision adopted by the 63rd FIFA Congress to mandate Blatter to improve the situation of football in Palestine, in particular so that FIFA can implement its mission of developing and promoting the game, in accordance with the FIFA Statutes.

The trip will kick-off on Saturday in Jordan where the FIFA President is set to attend the launch of a turf field partly funded by FIFA in the village of Al Turrah, and open additional football turf fields and lighting initiatives in Amman’s Al Hussein Sport city within the scope of FIFA’s Goal projects. Blatter will also visit the Zaatari Refugee camp near the Syrian border.

The journey will continue on Sunday in Palestine with the FIFA President inaugurating further Goal projects including a football turf pitch in Tulkarm, the Joseph Blatter Football Academy in Al Bireh, and the headquarters of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) in Al Ram. The opening of FIFA’s development projects will be followed by meetings with Palestinian sports and governmental authorities.

A visit to Israel will mark the end of Blatter’s Middle East trip. In Tel Aviv and Jerusalem the FIFA President will hold talks with the Israel Football Association and Israel’s government.

Shortly before starting his journey, the FIFA President spoke to FIFA.com about the critical importance of his upcoming tour. To view the video, please click on the photo above.