The challenges and inconvenience to disabled fans, or fans with limited mobility, were mitigated wherever possible in all host venues and facilities to ensure ease of access. Furthermore, and in order to enhance the experience of partially-sighted and blind fans, a pioneering audio-commentary was offered in the stadiums in Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to describe with greater emphasis the atmosphere in the stadium and the action on the pitch.
Football for Health
The main objectives of the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre
(F-MARC) and the LOC’s Medical Services Department are to protect the health of players, delegations and fans, ensure the respect of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations and use the potential of the game to improve public health.
Pre-competition medical assessment and, thanks to Johnson & Johnson, the inclusion of FIFA Medical Emergency Bags (all of which included an automatic external defibrillator) to all teams helped ensure players are not subjected to any avoidable medical risks.
Fight against doping
More doping controls are carried out in football than in any other sport. Controls performed on behalf of FIFA are analysed using state-of-the-art methods in WADA-accredited laboratories.
FIFA, on top of the routine anti-doping programme during the competition, implemented biological profiles for the first time at a FIFA World Cup. All players of all participating teams were examined in unannounced controls prior to the competition, with blood and urine samples taken for the biological profile.
FIFA 11 for Health
The FIFA 11 for Health programme is a series of football-based sessions aimed at encouraging physical activity while educating children aged 11–12 years about healthy behaviour. It consists of 11 simple messages to reduce communicable and non-communicable diseases, all supported by prominent footballers working as one team. The programme, which started in Africa in 2009, is now spreading its positive message around the globe and was implemented in the 12 Host Cities in Brazil reaching out to approximately 4,000 children prior to the FIFA World Cup™.