The FIFA Forward Development Programme was first adopted by the FIFA Congress in 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.
FIFA Forward 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 single country, 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” came into force on 1 January 2019 and will run until 31 December 2022.
FIFA Forward 1.0 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 infrastructure, 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 FIFA Forward even further for the next cycle, 2019-2022, with a 20% increase in the annual entitlement for each of the 211 member associations and the six confederations.
In addition, FIFA’s member associations were able to provide their feedback at the 12 FIFA Executive Football Summits which took place between November 2017 and March 2018. The experiences and the learnings of the members and the FIFA administration in the two and a half years in which FIFA Forward has been in operation, coupled with consultation with the relevant 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 intact, 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 2019-2022 cycle are as follows:
A. Financial entitlements
1) An investment of USD 6,000,000 per member association for the four-year cycle to support operational needs and development projects whilst an additional USD 1,000,000 is allocated to those member associations with an annual revenue 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 costs:
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) organising men’s, women’s and youth competitions (two age groups for both girls and boys) – each competition should involve at least ten clubs for at least 90 matches and for at least six months each year;
(2) having active men’s, women’s and youth national teams – each one participating in at least four matches per year;
(3) having a functioning and regularly updated IT player registration and competition management system (provided free of charge by FIFA if needed); and
(4) having men’s and women’s refereeing programmes.
b) USD 2,000,000 over the period of the whole 2019-2022 cycle for projects tailored according to the member association’s approved contract of agreed objectives, and in particular relating to football infrastructure (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, 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 four-year cycle for football equipment for those member associations needing the most assistance:
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 automatically released in two biannual payments 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 for all are protected and promoted
b. Take measures to protect and safeguard children and minors from potential abuses and to promote their wellbeing 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 by 31 December 2020. Any funds not used according to purpose shall be deducted from the entitlement of the 2019-2022 cycle
Through FIFA Forward, 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.
FIFA FORWARD TAKING SHAPE
- Hungarian football gets investment in the future
- New horizons in the development of Mexican football
- Investment sparking fresh Icelandic dreams
- Colombia’s brave new world hailed a success
- Peru planning unprecedented growth
- Global workshops push FIFA Forward
- Uruguay working hard to develop women's football
- Fresh facilities for futsal in Costa Rica
- New youth project takes roots in Japan
- A league of their own for India's women
- Wildcats growing girls football participation in England
- Development conference in Nouakchott a success
- A new home for Macedonia's youngsters
- Young stars shine at CECAFA Under-17 Championship
- Future strategies identified at FIFA Forward workshop in Mexico
- Strategy, progress and closer ties: the keys to the latest FIFA Forward Development Programme cycle
- FIFA opens new Regional Development Office for Caribbean
- Scots going for gold at Oriam
- Tanzania retain CECAFA title, FIFA Forward plays its part
- Mongolia host historic FIFA Forward Workshop
- Haiti: A world of possibilities
- FIFA and USSF unite to identify new talents
- Brazil and Cuba form development partnership
- Executive Football Programme launched in Paraguay
- FIFA Forward building pitches across Hungary
- A new temple of football on the Mongolian plains
- Caribbean Member Associations gather in Barbados for FIFA Connect Workshop
- FIFA Forward delivers a new pitch for the Zebras
- Futsal puts best foot Forward in Argentina
- FIFA Forward launches a series of innovative workshops focusing on football infrastructures
- FIFA assists member associations to shape their football vision
- New FIFA Regional Development Office opens in Johannesburg
- Forward 2.0 workshop consolidates new era for football development in Asia
- A wind of digital change blows through Concacaf Member Associations
- FIFA Forward boosts local refereeing and coaching in Indonesia
- Americas region looking Forward in Paraguay and Costa Rica
- Raising the level of the game in Trinidad and Tobago
- Innovative and sustainable sporting grounds in Istanbul
- Work to build new Home of Football in Egypt's capital kicks off
- Benin's Squirrels on track for the future
- State-of-the-art floodlights and pitch accommodation help grow game in Georgia
- Gibraltar's Victoria Stadium football pitch gets a fresh look
- Improved and secure mobility for football clubs in the Kyrgyz Republic
- Panamanian league progressing as it plots for the future
- Grassroots in Ecuador take giant leap to prepare for the next generation
- First ever sports health centre opened in Nicaragua
- FIFA President opens regional development office in Addis Ababa
- Palestinian football set for the future with refreshed stadium and new modern facilities
- With the Festival des îles, FIFA Forward helps to grow Polynesian football
- Women’s football gaining momentum in Finland
- Belize successfully organise inaugural national youth championship
- FIFA Forward helping develop women's football in Uruguay
- Women’s Premier League in Kenya gets a big push
- Centralised youth leagues help identify Poland's talents of tomorrow
- Women's and youth development making progress in New Zealand
- FEPAFUT and FIFA Forward unveil rehabilitated football stadium in Panama