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FIFA Forward Football Development Programme

FIFA Forward, FIFA's new focus on football development
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The FIFA Forward Development Programme was first adopted by the FIFA Congress on 9 May 2016 and it was to become not only a “step change” for global football development and the way we share the success of the FIFA World Cup™ with our member associations, but also one of the most prominent sports’ development programmes.

The FIFA Forward Development programme is built to provide 360 degree, tailor-made support for football development in each of our member associations and the six confederations and is based on three principles:

  • more investment,
  • more impact,
  • more oversight.

The aim is to improve the way we develop and support football across the globe, so that football can reach its potential in every nation and so that everyone that wants to take part can do so without barriers.

Following the successful implementation of the first edition of the FIFA Forward Development Programme 2016-2018 “FIFA Forward 1.0”, the second edition FIFA Forward 2.0 comes in to force from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022.

FIFA Forward 1.0 has achieved some impressive development results with member associations having been supported financially both in their daily operations but also in setting new strategic long term goals and by implementing tailor-made development projects to provide football infrastructures, competitions and to promote and advance women’s football. More than half of FIFA’s member associations, those with more limited financial capacity, were able to properly equip their youth and women’s national teams and to participate in numerous international competitions and tournaments with the support of Forward solidarity funding for travel and equipment needs.

On 13 June 2018, the FIFA Congress decided to increase the investment in the FIFA Forward Development Programme still further for the next cycle, 2019-2022 with a 20% increase in the annual entitlement for each of the 211 member associations and six confederations.

In addition to the above decision, the member associations were able to provide their feedback during the twelve FIFA Executive Football Summits which took place from November 2017 to March 2018. The experiences and the learnings of the members and the FIFA Administration across the two and a half years of implementation, alongside consultation with the competent FIFA committees, led to the adoption of an amended set of Regulations which were approved and adopted by the FIFA Council at its meeting in Kigali on 26 October 2018 – the FIFA Forward Development Programme Regulations 2.0.

The core principles, approach and procedures of FIFA Forward 1.0, largely remain, whilst certain elements have been adapted to reflect the increase in the member associations’ entitlements and the needs for greater football development and reporting on the programme achievements and its legacy and impact.

The most prominent Forward 2.0 amendments for the cycle 2019-2022:

A. Financial Entitlements

1) An investment of USD 6,000,000 per Member Association for the 4-year cycle to support operational needs and developments projects whilst an additional USD 1,000,000 is allocated to those member associations with annual revenues of USD 4 million or less in order to support their travel and equipment needs.

a) Up to USD 1,000,000 per year for operational/running cost

i) USD 500,000 released in January each year for day-to-day activities, administration and running costs.

ii) Up to USD 500,000 paid in July each year, provided that the member association fulfils up to ten specific activities during the year (USD 50,000 per activity). These activities include:

(1) the organising of men’s, women’s and youth competitions (2 age groups for girls and boys) - each competition should entail at least ten (10) clubs for at least 90 matches and for at least 6 months each year

(2) having active men’s, women’s and youth national teams - each one participating in at least four (4) matches per year

(3) having an updated IT player registration and competition management system (provided free of charge by FIFA), and

(4) having men’s and women’s refereeing programmes.

b) USD 2,000,000 over the period of the whole cycle 2019-2022 for Projects tailored according to the member association’s approved contract of agreed objectives, and in particular, relating to football infrastructures (e.g. pitches, technical centres, training grounds, stadiums, and headquarters)

i) Projects may include other development areas provided that the member association has at least one stadium / pitch allowing international matches to be played, a suitable association headquarters, and a functioning technical centre.

c) Up to USD 200,000 per year for travel and accommodation, and up to USD 200,000 per 4 year-cycle for football equipment for most needing MAs

i) A member association is identified as needing the most assistance provided that its annual revenue does not exceed USD 4 million (reflected in the annual statutory audit report of the previous year and submitted to FIFA by 30 June each year).

2) Up to USD 1,000,000 for zonal / regional associations will be released to the respective confederations in January of each year provided that the zonal / regional association is recognised by the confederation and organises at least one women’s, two boys’ and two girls’ competitions (for national teams or clubs).

3) USD 12 million for each confederation per year with the funds released in two biannual payments automatically released in January and July each year.

B. Reporting and auditing

FIFA Forward 1.0 introduced enhanced oversight controls to ensure that the investment in football development is transparent, carefully managed and effective.

  • ​One contract of agreed objectives per association, setting the strategy for development over two to four years, approved by the Development Committee
  • All tailor-made projects must be linked to the approved contract of agreed objectives
  • Any project above USD 300,000 to be approved by the Development Committee
  • FIFA administration to monitor the implementation of projects and their legacy and impact
  • Independent financial audits of Forward funds for each association
  • Enhanced Development regulations, including greater powers of oversight and tougher compliance measures
  • Publication of independent audits of member associations’ annual finances.

Under FIFA Forward 2.0. member associations shall:

a. Ensure that the principles of anti-discrimination, diversity, accessibility and inclusion, and human rights to all are protected and promoted

b. Take measures to protect and safeguard children and minors from potential abuses and to promote their well-being within football

c. Avoid any situation giving rise to a conflict of interests

d. Avoid the usage of cash

e. Maintain all supporting documentation for all expenditures and payments made with FIFA Forward funds

f. Use the FIFA funds exclusively for the purposes allocated.

g. Use contributions and funds allocated under Forward 1.0. until 31 December 2020, funds not used according to purpose shall be deducted from the entitlement of the cycle 2019-2022.

Through the FIFA Forward Development Programme, FIFA is committed to supporting and advancing sustainable development together with its members, whilst promoting and enshrining the principles of equality, diversity and safety with investments in accessible and inclusive facilities for all in football stadiums, pitches and technical centres globally giving the opportunity to millions of young girls and boys to participate in the experience of LIVING FOOTBALL.

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