FIFA approves revised 2019-2022 budget

(L to R): Germany’s goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Chile’s Alexis Sanchez and Germany’s Sebastian Rudy before the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup match between Germany and Chile in Kazan, Russia, on June 22, 2017. (Photo: VLADIMIR ASTAPKOVICH/SPUTNIK/IANS)

Zurich, Sep 19 (IANS) Football’s global governing body FIFA has predicted a drop of $120 million in revenue for the period 2019-2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as the FIFA Congress approved a revised budget for the four-year financial cycle.

The 70th FIFA Congress convened remotely for the first time, as all the 211 member associations joined via videoconference on Friday.

The revised 2019-2022 revenue budget has been reduced from $6.56 billion to $6.44 billion. FIFA said the drop of $120 million reflected the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, but insisted that investment in football would continue unchanged for the full 2019-2022 cycle, with a reduction in the expense budget to compensate for lower revenues, reports Xinhua news agency.

Meanwhile, FIFA President Gianni Infantino restated FIFA’s support for the football community during the crisis.

“We have been able to act quickly and decisively. We have prepared the Covid-19 Relief Plan for a global value of $1.5 billion. This is unprecedented,” said Infantino.

Since the approval of the Covid-19 Relief Plan in June, FIFA has received applications from over 150 member associations.

“FIFA is not facing a crisis, but football is,” said Infantino. “The money goes where it has to go: to football and to help football.”

Infantino also reiterated FIFA’s prioritisation of women’s football through the recently-launched FIFA Women’s Development Program and investment totaling $ one billion over the current four-year cycle.

Additionally, the FIFA Congress also approved amendments relating to players switching national teams.

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