The fight against doping in football continues apace. Between 1 November and 10 December - ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013 – 174 players from the participating teams underwent unannounced blood and urine tests.
A biological profile of each player will be established from the haematological parameters of his blood, as well as the steroid profile of his urine. This method is set to become the standard course of action in the future in the detection of performance-enhancing substances. Furthermore, players remain subject to the routine in-competition anti-doping tests whereby two players per team will be similarly tested at random after each game.
FIFA is one of the pioneers in the implementation of the biological profile and will further push for the use of this new strategy at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Similar tests in this regard have been performed at top international teams in order to produce biological profiles of the world’s top players. The creation of these individual profiles will assist in the flagging of inconsistencies and in detecting the use of prohibited substances.
“Players and coaches have been extremely co-operative and displayed their unequivocal support for FIFA’s new anti-doping strategy,” said FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jiri Dvorak.