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FIFA speaks Russian and continues to pay the RFU, so Infantino’s re-election is in our favor

Date: June 7, 2023 Time: 04:17:18


On March 16, in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, a meeting of the 73rd Ordinary FIFA Congress was held. Here, the current head of this organization, Gianni Infantino, was re-elected for the third term. His powers will last until 2027, after which, due to the expiration of three government terms, another candidate will have to become chief.

During the work of the congress, the format of the 2026 World Cup was determined, which will be held in three countries of North and Central America at once: in the USA, Canada and Mexico. It has been confirmed that in the 2026 World Cup 48 teams will compete instead of the current 32. The participants will be divided into 12 groups of 4 teams each, and not into 16 groups of 3 teams per group, as previously planned. As of the 1/16 final, the playoff games will begin, where two winners from each group will arrive, as well as the eight best teams in third places.

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There will be 104 games in total. This is 40 more than in the previous format. The date of the final match has also been determined: July 19, 2026, and all national championships must be completed by May 24.

The next FIFA Congress will take place on May 17, 2024 at a location to be determined.

In addition, this meeting almost unanimously approved the suspension of the activities of the football federations of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.


This was the first FIFA congress at which the decision to recognize the Russian language as the official language of the international federation began to be implemented along with six others: English, French, Spanish, German, which previously had such status, as well as the new Portuguese and Arabic approved. True, I want to note that a high-quality translation of the speeches of all delegates into Russian at congresses with the help of simultaneous translation has already been carried out for more than 20 years.

The RFU delegation participated in the congress. More details of this meeting are not yet known, but it is likely that no new decisions have been made regarding the Russian Football Federation. So, as we see, the international football authorities are trying not to apply the toughest measures to the RFU, which were given to the two football federations mentioned above.

Photo source: RFU

At the same time, it should be noted that not only the international sports activities of the sanctioned federations have been suspended, but also the provision of annual financial assistance and support for them by FIFA and the continental confederations within the framework of the programs soccer development. From spring 2022 to the present, teams from the RFU and Russia have been suspended only from participating in official international competitions.

However, they can host friendly matches of national teams and club teams, continue to receive financial assistance and implement football development projects within the framework of international programmes. Russia continues to televise matches of the European Cup, the 2022 World Cup and other similar tournaments, as well as some national championships.

Infantino’s re-election for another four-year term means that such aid and the possibility of implementing FIFA programs remain in place, at least for this period of time. Let me remind you that FIFA’s revenue from hosting the 2022 World Cup amounted to about 7.5 billion dollars, and a significant part of these funds will go towards the implementation of development projects and financial assistance to national football federations and confederations. football clubs for the next four years. .


All of these FIFA projects are linked by the comprehensive Football Forward Development Programme, which replaced the well-known Goal football infrastructure development programs and FAP financial assistance, as well as FIFA’s educational programme. The Forward program has been implemented for all 211 FIFA member national football associations since 2015, and a new version has now been adopted for the period up to 2026.

For information, under one of the projects of this program, each of these federations, with the exception of the suspended ones, will receive 1.25 million annually from FIFA for current operating expenses. In total, FIFA plans to allocate an amount of 1,060 million rubles for this item of expenses for four years.

Photo source: IMAGO

In addition, large sums will be paid to national teams for their participation in the 2022 World Cup and to football clubs for players called up to these teams, and to regional associations for development purposes. Of the same $7.5 billion, future youth, youth, women’s, club, futsal and beach soccer World Cups will also be funded over the four-year cycle that began in January.

The second powerful channel of assistance to our association continues to come from UEFA, including through the HatTrick solidarity and development programme. Starting in 2024, the total budget for this program will need to increase to 935 million euros, or just under $1 billion. UEFA also has no objections to the participation of the Russian team in friendly matches.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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