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FIFA launches Executive Programme in Anti-Doping

19 Oct 2020

Today, FIFA launched the Executive Programme in Anti-Doping, which provides an in-depth analysis of the main regulatory, institutional and scientific aspects of anti-doping in sport.

Since the establishment of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) back in 1999, the fight against doping in sport has evolved dramatically. The interaction between the WADA Code, sports governing bodies’ regulations and national legislation has led to considerable complexity in this field. Handling a doping case, whether at the result‑management stage or before the judicial bodies of a national or international association or the Court of Arbitration for Sport, requires a holistic approach.

While the FIFA Executive Programme in Anti-Doping mainly focuses on the legal and institutional aspects of the anti-doping landscape, a basic overview of the most relevant scientific aspects of this complex phenomenon is also provided.

The first edition of the programme, which is launched in cooperation with the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), will run from February to July 2021. The admission process is open from today until 19 December 2020.

You can find further details about the 2021 edition of the FIFA Executive Programme in Anti‑Doping on legal.fifa.com or in the official brochure.

3rd FIFA Compliance Summit concludes

16 Oct 2020

In line with FIFA’s ongoing commitment to promoting compliance and good governance in football, the 3rd FIFA Compliance Summit concluded today following the opening session and a series of online follow-up working sessions, that took place with the participation of over 150 member associations, from each of the six confederations, from 12 to 16 October.

Bringing together governance and compliance experts and practitioners, the 3rd FIFA Compliance Summit saw keynote speeches on best practice and emerging trends in compliance and good governance from former US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, Director of the Ethics Office of the United Nations Elia Yi Armstrong, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura and Chairman of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee Tomaz Vesel.

The Summit saw over 380 individual participants take part in practical working sessions on the first-ever FIFA Compliance Handbook, which aims to provide member associations and the confederations with practical guidance and scalable building blocks that can be used to develop a tailored compliance programme within their organisation.

Speaking during the opening session at the start of the week, FIFA President Gianni Infantino underlined FIFA’s continued commitment to compliance and good governance while highlighting the significant progress that FIFA has made in the area since 2016.

During her speech at the opening session of the summit, former U.S. Attorney General, Loretta E. Lynch, highlighted FIFA’s renewed commitment to transparency, ethical behaviour and its desire to improve the compliance environment throughout the football community, with the important objective of safeguarding the sport.

She also emphasized FIFA’s commitment to developing a strong culture of compliance in order to minimise internal and external risks.

Speaking about the event, FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, said:

“The 3rd FIFA Compliance Summit provided an important opportunity to engage with our member associations and the confederations to highlight the necessity of integrating compliance into decision-making processes.

“The sustainable and sound development of football requires robust compliance mechanisms and this week FIFA unveiled a Compliance Handbook to its 211 member associations, to provide guidance on acting ethically and with integrity. We look forward to working with them to fulfil our shared objective of safeguarding football.”

To watch the opening session of the 3rd FIFA Compliance Summit, please click HERE.

To access the new FIFA Compliance Handbook, please click HERE.

For more information on compliance programmes and initiatives at FIFA, please visit legal.fifa.com.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and former US Attorney General Loretta Lync...

12 Oct 2020

  • Lynch: "FIFA has made great efforts to educate, train and promote a culture of compliance"
  • New FIFA Compliance Handbook to support member associations and confederations
  • 3rd FIFA Compliance Summit taking place in virtual format from 12-16 October 2020

Speaking earlier today at the opening of the 3rd FIFA Compliance Summit, FIFA President Gianni Infantino underlined FIFA’s continued commitment to compliance and good governance while highlighting the significant progress that FIFA has made in the area since 2016, as well as the importance of developing and introducing compliance best practice in football.

Bringing together governance and compliance experts and practitioners from across football, including FIFA member associations and the confederations, today’s opening session marked the start of the 3rd FIFA Compliance Summit, which will this week see participants take part in wide-ranging practical sessions and discussions designed to share knowledge and best practice, as well as emerging trends, in compliance and good governance.

Opening the summit, President Infantino said:

“Since my election in 2016, FIFA has worked tirelessly to successfully implement reforms in the fields of governance and compliance. Today, the new FIFA now stands here as a credible, accountable, modern, professional and transparent organisation – one which aims to be at the service of football and aims to ensure that football makes an active and positive impact on society.

“All of this would not have been done without embracing compliance and good governance. In 2016, we brought in transparency and accountability at every level – including mandatory auditing, term limits for senior officials, transparent bidding processes for FIFA competitions as well as establishing a dedicated compliance subdivision and internal function within FIFA.

“As we look to continue our efforts to make football truly global, it is now more important than ever, particularly in these difficult times, for football to continue to move in the right direction by working together and ensuring that the right governance and compliance structures and processes are in place at all levels.”

Also speaking at today’s opening session was former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who highlighted FIFA’s commitment to compliance and also reinforced the importance of organisations developing a culture of compliance and robust and effective compliance programmes to minimise the risk of corruption as well as reputational and governance issues.

“It was not too long ago that the world of football found itself in a state of upheaval and chaos as a result of the systemic corruption and misconduct that was able to flourish over the decades,” said Lynch.

“Since then, together with all of you, FIFA is an organisation that has made great efforts to educate, train and promote a culture of compliance. I am heartened to hear of FIFA’s renewed commitment to transparency and ethical behaviour and its desire to improve the compliance environment throughout all of football with the important objective of safeguarding this sport.”

Taking place in an online format from 12 to 16 October, the 3rd FIFA Compliance Summit will also see participants take part in practical working sessions on the first-ever FIFA Compliance Handbook, which will for the first time provide member associations and confederations with practical guidance and scalable building blocks that can be used to develop a tailored compliance programme within their organisation.

To access the new FIFA Compliance Handbook, please click HERE.

To watch the opening session of the 3rd FIFA Compliance Summit, please click HERE.

For more information on compliance programmes and initiatives at FIFA, please visit legal.fifa.com.