When it comes to the level of football, the disparity between different regions of the world has been steadily widening. FIFA should take concrete steps to bridge this gap, with the long-term ambition of bringing at least 50 national teams and 50 clubs from all continents to a top competitive level.
A. CREATE ADDITIONAL PLAYING OPPORTUNITIES AT A GLOBAL LEVEL
Participating in top-level competitions allows players, national teams and clubs to improve their performance, thus raising the level of global competitiveness to new standards. This is why, after a thorough analysis, FIFA should work to reform the current competition landscape and provide playing opportunities at a global level for national teams and clubs, while keeping in mind the well-being of players and the interests of all stakeholders.
B. DEVELOP TECHNICAL DIRECTORS, COACH EDUCATORS AND COACHES WORLDWIDE
The role of technical staff is pivotal to the development of football. FIFA should address the matter of coach licensing and ensure that fully staffed and fit-for-purpose technical departments are established in each of the 211 member associations with full access to innovative educational programmes and tailored mentoring activities dedicated specifically to technical directors and coach educators.
C. ESTABLISH GLOBAL HIGH-PERFORMANCE TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES
FIFA will focus on the roll-out of a groundbreaking new talent development programme, launched in 2020, which provides a holistic approach to reducing the growing global gap at the top of the game. It will do so by incentivising member associations to strengthen their domestic development structures through bespoke analysis of existing infrastructure and unique player pathways.
D. INCREASE GRASSROOTS AND PARTICIPATION PROGRAMMES ACROSS THE GLOBE
Grassroots and participation programmes have the power to attract boys and girls to the game. FIFA will continue to support and encourage member associations to establish a wide range of grassroots activities, allowing children to discover the beauty and the benefits of football at whatever level it is played and to make it a game for life.