The Medical Committee oversees the organisation of medical services at all FIFA tournaments and handles all medical matters in football to ensure the health of players and to prevent injuries.
Our aim is to provide top-level medical services at FIFA tournaments, keep football free from doping, and protect and improve the health of all who play football, from grassroots to elite level worldwide. We are committed to preventing on-field injuries and promoting football as a healthy activity. We work together with our Member Associations, the FIFA Medical Centres of Excellence, and other external stakeholders.
There is no place for doping in sport today and FIFA is continuously striving to keep football free from doping and lead by example to safeguard the future success and sustainability of football around the world.
We launched the FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine in 2016 and the FIFA Medical Network at the start of 2018 with the aim of making football medicine accessible to all. The FIFA Medical Network enables users to connect, interact and share knowledge or experience, enabling them to seek help with a difficult case, keep up with current trends or debate a contentious treatment. The diploma is a free online course with 42 modules, written by top international experts, and is designed to help clinicians learn how to diagnose and manage common football-related injuries and illnesses, including topics such as injury prevention, nutrition and the handling of specific injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries.
Our participation in football medical seminars and conferences helps us to stay informed - including the annual Isokinetic Medical Group Conference, which we help to organise. Research and awareness campaigns, such as on sudden cardiac arrest, are key to our education efforts towards injury prevention. We will continue to use the power and popularity of football as a platform to raise awareness. Medical workshops, including emergency medicine and anti-doping, are hosted by FIFA at most tournaments, and FIFA referees attend an emergency medicine course prior to each FIFA competition.
Over the past two decades, FIFA has taken significant strides in management and prevention of injury, working closely with its 49 FIFA Medical Centres of Excellence. FIFA has introduced the free, online Diploma in Football Medicine, which includes a learning module about injury prevention. At the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, FIFA also introduced its first online injury surveillance tool, which was completed daily by each national team doctor and was designed to track and analyse illnesses, injuries and medication intake. The data collected provides useful information about injury patterns, frequency and expected severity as well as treatment methods, and is a prerequisite for the development of injury prevention strategies.
FIFA accredits established centres that have demonstrated medical, educational and research expertise in the area of football. These include experience in the state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of injuries, aftercare of injuries and, most importantly, prevention of injuries, expertise in football-specific medical assessments, mental and psychological strategies, nutrition, and anti-doping matters. All FMCEs have to undergo a strict selection process and also report annually on their activities. In 2017, 49 centres were successfully reaccredited.