Innovation Programme

What it is

Introducing the FIFA Innovation Programme

FIFA’s new solution-driven innovation platform, this programme is FIFA’s vehicle for innovative products that enter the market but are not ready or currently eligible for use in the game of football.

Such products might be completely new creations brought to market by start-ups or variations of existing products that do not meet established standards and requirements due to their innovative nature. To be considered, any product must specifically address one of the challenges outlined in the FIFA Innovation Programme. With a limit of two years per project, the programme has a transparent and uniform process whereby the product must not only meet a concrete need set out by FIFA but also, unlike many other innovation platforms, fulfil a clear objective within the designated period by following an agreed path.


Application Process and Sample Innovation Journey
Being a member of the FIFA Innovation Programme. The FIFA Innovation Programme is the structured vehicle for FIFA to engage with companies whose products show merit in solving one of football’s pressing problems...
SAMARA, RUSSIA - JUNE 21:  Official matchballs are seen on the pitch prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Denmark and Australia at Samara Arena on June 21, 2018 in Samara, Russia.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Challenges Set for the FIFA Innovation Programme
Tackling the current innovation challenges in football. In order to achieve the ambitious target of obtaining tangible results within a 24-month period, the problems must be clearly defined.
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Members of the FIFA Innovation Programme
The main aim of the FIFA Innovation Programme is to provide a platform for products that have shown potential merit for use in football or the football experience but do not yet meet the requirements.
Dalian Pro Football Club and FIFA Create Unique Innovation Hub for Football Technology in Dalian
Top flight Chinese football club Dalian Pro has announced a collaboration with world football's governing body, FIFA, which will result in the establishment of a Football Technology Innovation Hub at Dalian Pro's new state-of-the-art academy in Dalian.