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Diversity & Inclusion

A workforce as diverse as the beautiful game

Football is played on every continent, by every conceivable type of person, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, ability or any other distinguishing factor. It’s truly the world’s game, and we strive to ensure that this incredible diversity is represented within our staff, and that FIFA remains an inclusive place to work.

TEHRAN, IRAN - OCTOBER 10: Iranian Women's fans react during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Iran and Cambodia at Azadi Stadium on October 10, 2019 in Tehran, Iran. (Photo by Amin M. Jamali/Getty Images)

Our aims

As an organisation, our aim is to create and continuously develop an environment that celebrates diversity and inclusion – enabling all of our employees to participate and make meaningful contributions.

We are committed to widening representation, focusing on fair treatment and improving equal opportunities while ensuring the active engagement and inclusive participation of all people, at all levels of our beautiful game.

FIFA diversity by numbers

Making football truly global starts with us, the FIFA team. It’s our responsibility to ensure that we, as an organisation, reflect the diverse and international nature of our sport. 

Below is a snapshot of our current workforce demographic:

42% vs 58%
42% female staff, 58% male staff
60+
60+ different nationalities
30+
30+ languages spoken
39
39 average age
211
211 member associations
11
11 Regional Offices all over the world

Always striving for better

We have taken great strides in our journey to build a diverse and inclusive workplace, but we will always keep striving for better. As part of our continued efforts to make FIFA an ever more equal and accessible workplace, we are determined to further broaden our diversity and inclusion agenda, committing to clear actions to ensure that our workforce is a true representation of our society across the globe, and that everyone feels included.

LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: The England and Norway players pose with the match officials for a photo representing FIFA's Living Football, Living Diversity campaign prior to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Matthew Lewis - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

In particular, we recognise that some areas outside of Europe are under-represented within our workforce, and although we boast a balanced gender mix among top management, women are under-represented within the middle management level. We are also currently reviewing our data collection practices, and increasing learning opportunities to help us better understand where we can make further improvements.

Accountability belongs to all of us.

Diversity & Inclusion in action

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion spreads far beyond our own workforce. Through various programmes, awards, campaigns, investments and initiatives, we aim to engage, inspire and empower our partner organisations, member associations and the wider football community to improve their own understanding of diversity and inclusion. Here are a few examples...

Diversity

FIFA Good Practice Guide on Diversity and Anti-Discrimination

We have developed a good practice guide for member associations to help them develop their own sustainable strategy and action plan that goes beyond immediate reactions to discriminatory incidents at matches. FIFA Good Practice Guide on Diversity and Anti-Discrimination.

A barrier-free FIFA World Cup™

FIFA is working with FIFA World Cup 2022™ hosts Qatar and other key stakeholders to provide a barrier-free experience for all fans, whether in the stadiums, on public transportation, or in accommodation and fan zones.

LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Fans look on during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between Norway and England at Stade Oceane on June 27, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Greater visibility for disabled fans

The 2019 FIFA Fan Award was given to a remarkable Brazilian woman, who was given recognition by fans the world over for narrating matches for her son who is blind and lives with autism.

FIFA Diversity Award

The FIFA Diversity Award was set up in 2016 to recognise and reward outstanding and sustained efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion and standing up for anti-discrimination.

Anti-discrimination at tournaments

In 2018 we used an anti-discrimination monitoring system at a FIFA World Cup for the first time, leading to sanctions for racist and homophobic incidents.

Football - 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa(tm) - Holland v Brazil - Quarter Final - Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium - Port Elizabeth - 2/7/10.Say No to Racism, Referees, Anti-Discrimination Day.Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Matthew Childs

A platform for female football stories

In 2019, our “Sheroes” campaign was designed to highlight inspirational and untold stories of women in football.

Human rights

FIFA was the first sports body to adopt a human rights policy, embracing our responsibility to respect human rights under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

FIFA Foundation projects

The FIFA Foundation promotes social inclusion through football, including numerous grassroots initiatives through the FIFA Foundation Community Programme, Football for Schools, and the FIFA Legends as ambassadors. 

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON - MARCH 18: FIFA Legend Samuel Eto’o plays football with children during his visit in school, event organized by FIFA Foundation-supported NGO, Sport and Cooperation Network, on March 18, 2019 in Yaounde, Cameroon. (Photo by Maja Hitij - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Women in Football Leadership Programme (WFLP)

Through the WFLP, a joint initiative with UEFA and the IMD Business School, we aim to empower women to assume leadership positions within football all over the world.

Investment in women’s football

In 2019, FIFA more than tripled the financial contribution to teams participating in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, and has committed to further increase it significantly for the 2023 edition, alongside an expanded format.

Women's football investment

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WE ARE FIFA
We are FIFA

While we’re proud to work together as one team, at FIFA there are many different departments and specialists, each one bringing a diverse and essential set of skills to the organisation.

AMMAN, JORDAN - JANUARY 25: Girls pose for a group picture during a FIFA Grassroots schools program on January 25, 2019 in Amman, Jordan. (Photo by Maja Hitij - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Diversity & Inclusion

Football knows no boundaries when it comes to diversity, and neither do we. Discover more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

WORK WITH US
Work with us

We are a team of hard-working, passionate people from more than 60 countries, and more than 40% of us are women. We are proud to belong to this global organisation, and we like to work hard (and have fun).

AMMAN, JORDAN - JANUARY 24: Children play football during a FIFA Grassroots schools program on January 24, 2019 in Amman, Jordan. (Photo by Maja Hitij - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
How we hire

If you’ve seen a position with us that you like the look of, then what are you waiting for? Get in touch and submit your application.