Historically, the first development initiative by FIFA were based on capacity building seminars. But it wasn’t until 1999 and the introduction of the Financial Assistance Programme that FIFA’s development work really took off by becoming a systematic support to the member associations and confederations.

The Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) was established by FIFA in 1999 and is designed to motivate and empower the associations and confederations to organise development programmes that meet their needs and strengthen football and its administration in the long term, particularly in the areas of infrastructure, youth football and technical development.

Member associations and confederations that want to benefit from the FAP have to submit an application to FIFA.

The annual funds under the FAP as determined by FIFA’s budget currently amount to USD 250,000 per member association.

The annual funds under the Support to Confederations Development Programmes as determined by FIFA’s budget currently amount to USD 5.5 million per confederation.

Auditing of the funds:

  • 20% of the member associations and confederations have to undergo a central programme audit.
  • This central programme audit is performed by FIFA’s statutory auditors, KPMG, in Zurich
  • The reporting requirements of the member associations and confederations to FIFA have been strengthened:
    • Local FIFA development programme audit
    • Auditing of latest annual accounts (statutory audit report) as presented to the general assembly of the member association
    • The member association must provide FIFA with the minutes of its latest general assembly
  • FIFA development funds are clearly identified and channelled:
    • All FIFA transactions are channelled through the FIFA programme account in the name of the member association or confederation
    • The auditor has to check and confirm that the beneficiary holder of this bank account is the member association