MAY 2016

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Ahead of the Congress, Gianni Infantino supports the FIFA member associations with their reforms. “I am confident that the revised budget will be approved at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City on 13 May 2016,” says the FIFA President. “I am delighted that this Congress will offer the chance to meet with the member associations and make progress in our important discussions.”

FOOTBALL IN THE AMERICAS CONMEBOL celebrates the 100th edition of the Copa América by hosting it jointly with CONCACAF in the USA. The Copa América Centenario promises to be a grand spectacle.

RUSSIA 2018 The new and renovated stadiums for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ are taking shape. We take a look behind the scenes on the building sites.

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL DFB Director of Women’s and Girls’ Football Heike Ullrich highlights the great advantages of establishing structures for women’s football.

REFEREEING The first joint preparation seminar for prospective male and female World Cup referees was held in Doha in mid-April.

PITCH MAINTENANCE What is needed for a good fast-paced game? First of all, a well-prepared pitch.

FIFA WORLD RANKING Japan are currently only number four in Asia, but coach Vahid Halilhodžić is looking ahead with confidence.

HISTORY Madeleine Boll, Swiss pioneer of women’s football, speaks to FIFA 1904 about her experiences.

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