FIFA announced on Thursday the organisations which will receive financial support from its Football for Hope initiative in 2014. During a visit to one of the selected organisations, Bola pra Frente in Rio de Janeiro, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke confirmed that a total of 108 football-related social development programmes across the world will benefit from FIFA’s financial support this year for a total amount of 3.1m USD.

In the year of the FIFA World Cup™, the focus will be put on Brazil where support is expanding from five to a total of 25 organisations across the country with proven track records. All programmes went through a rigorous selection process in which applicants had to demonstrate the long-term sustainability of their projects.

The Bola pra Frente Institute was launched in 2000 by FIFA World Cup winner Jorginho, with the aim of attending socially vulnerable kids. Now the former fullback had the opportunity to show the work of his organisation to a delegation composed of the FIFA Secretary General as well as his former Seleção team-mates Cafu and Bebeto.

Launched by FIFA in 2005, Football for Hope is an initiative contributing to social development across the globe by supporting organisations who harness the power of football to bring hope and opportunity to young people. FIFA supports these organisations by providing funding, equipment, training and by organising events where they can meet and exchange on best practice.

The next such event will happen during the final week of Brazil 2014. This July, FIFA will organise the Football for Hope Festival in Rio de Janeiro, an event which will bring together 32 teams of young leaders from community projects around the world.