There is no place for doping in sport today and FIFA is continuously striving to keep football free from doping and lead by example to safeguard the future success and sustainability of football around the world. Member associations and confederations are key collaborators in the global fight against doping.
FIFA introduced regular doping controls in 1966 to ensure that the results of matches in its international calendar were a fair reflection of the strength of the contenders. FIFA was therefore one of the first international sports governing bodies to acknowledge the problem and introduce active measures to combat it.
FIFA works hand in hand with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) in the much-needed worldwide collaboration to protect the health of athletes and the spirit of fair competition to better coordinate efforts for a more efficient global testing strategy, ensure the harmonised applications of the rules and provide adequate education to all stakeholders.
FIFA’s strict Anti-Doping Regulations establish the provisions for testing and sanctions, which apply to all football competitions worldwide. The Regulations are in line with WADA’s World Anti-Doping Code, “the core document that harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organisations and among public authorities around the world.” One of the main pillars of FIFA’s anti-doping strategy is prevention through education. Information sessions on anti-doping are conducted during the final tournaments of all FIFA youth competitions and players are encouraged to take FIFA’s anti-doping knowledge test.
FIFA directly handles the anti-doping programmes for all FIFA competitions, so any player participating in a FIFA competition may be required to undergo a doping control at any time.
Athletes may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take particular medication. If the medication an athlete is required to take to treat an illness or condition happens to fall under the Prohibited List, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) may give that athlete the authorisation to take the needed medicine.