Gianni Infantino

The new FIFA President Gianni Infantino poses for a portrait
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Full name Giovanni Vincenzo Infantino
Place of birth Brig, Switzerland
Nationality Switzerland and Italy
Date of birth 23 March 1970
Marital status Married to Lina Al Achkar Infantino, 4 children (Alessia, Sabrina, Shanïa Serena and Dhalia Nora)
Education University of Fribourg
Mother tongue(s) Italian, French, German
Other languages English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic

Biography
Before being elected FIFA President, Gianni Infantino was the UEFA General Secretary from 2009 to 2016. At the helm of UEFA’s administration, he helped strengthen national team and club football in Europe and create a more democratic and sustainable environment for European football through initiatives such as Financial Fair Play.

Since his election at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress on 26 February 2016, Gianni Infantino has focused his presidency on repositioning FIFA as a credible, trustworthy, modern, professional and accountable organisation.

Working with the FIFA Council, the 211 FIFA member associations and an administration of over 800 employees, he has achieved this through the implementation of a wide-ranging reform process, including the establishment of in-built good governance and compliance functions, and numerous initiatives, chief among which is the Forward Programme – the most ambitious, streamlined and accountable football development programme in FIFA’s history, with FIFA member associations entitled to up to five times the amount of investment they were entitled to in 2015.

Having delivered a successful reform process, the new FIFA has broadened its horizons to take a more active role as a responsible member of global society, whether through the promotion of education and life skills for children under the FIFA Football for Schools Programme, the protection of minors and vulnerable members of the football family with the FIFA Guardians initiative, or by partnering with international organisations – including various agencies of the United Nations, the African Union, ASEAN, and the Council of Europe – to use the unique power of football as a driver of positive social progress.

Gianni Infantino’s long-term vision for FIFA is to make football truly global by levelling-up playing and organisational standards across every continent and expanding participation in the world’s most prestigious football competitions: the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Professional highlights

• Worked as Secretary General of the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) at the University of Neuchâtel prior to joining UEFA in 2000, having previously been an adviser to a variety of football bodies, in Italy, Spain and Switzerland

• Appointed Director of UEFA’s Legal Affairs and Club Licensing Division in January 2004 – led UEFA’s work in fostering close contacts with the European Union, the Council of Europe and governmental authorities

• Promoted to Deputy General Secretary before becoming General Secretary in 2009

• Appointed to the 2016 FIFA Reform Committee in August 2015

• Elected Member of the International Olympic Committee during the 135th IOC Session in January 2020

FIFA presidency

• Implemented sweeping governance reforms

• Introduced the FIFA Forward Programme, revolutionising football development investment around the world

• Established a Women’s Football Division and FIFA’s first-ever Women’s Football Strategy

• Oversaw the expansion of the FIFA World Cup from 32 teams to a 48-team final competition as of the 2026 edition and the expansion of the FIFA Women’s World Cup from 24 to 32 teams as of the 2023 edition

• Oversaw the introduction of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in FIFA competitions, including on football’s biggest stage at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

• Re-elected for a four-year term at the 69th FIFA Congress in Paris, in June 2019

• Unveiled FIFA Football for Schools, an education initiative aiming to reach over 700 million schoolchildren worldwide, promoting education and teaching life skills through football