FIFA extends association with World Health Organisation

FIFA extends association with World Health Organization (WHO)

May 26, 2023

The World Health Organization (WHO) and FIFA, the body that oversees international football, have expanded their collaboration. With its worldwide headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, WHO is an authorised United Nations (UN) agency accountable for global public health.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between FIFA and WHO has been renewed for a further four years. This will enable them to keep using football to inspire people to lead healthy lives and obtain beneficial access to healthcare.

During the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, the four-year MOU was signed in the presence of WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and FIFA President Gianni Infantino. The collaboration was initially signed on October 4, 2019. 

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said:

Health and football are perfect teammates. Promoting healthy lifestyles, safe stadiums and the physical and mental benefits of physical activity are among the many health goals WHO is proud to keep scoring with FIFA for the next four years. WHO’s partnership with FIFA has already succeeded to share evidence-based messages to help people of all ages lead healthier and safer lives through the power of football and sport. WHO looks forward to continuing this journey.

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, added:

We are proud to have signed and renewed the memorandum of understanding with the World Health Organization – we are proud to continue our relationship to pass important physical and mental health messages through our global football audience. I extend my gratitude to Dr. Tedros, to his wonderful team, to everyone that helps in the healthcare sector – from doctors to nurses to healthcare professionals and health ministers – and to everyone who contributes to make our lives better.

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