At the center of its concerns, FIFA has the firm intention of maintaining the health and mental well-being of players.


FIFA has the firm intention of keeping the health and mental well-being of players at the center of its concerns, particularly through its fruitful collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), which is celebrating the April 7, World Health Day.

On the occasion of its 138th Annual General Assembly last March, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) supported FIFA’s commitment in this area by confirming the integration of permanent substitutions for concussion into the Laws of the Game This historic decision formalizes an innovation for which FIFA conducted initial tests during the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup™.

“The health of players is an essential subject for FIFA, which will continue to invest to deepen its medical expertise regarding concussions. FIFA will also launch a global campaign at all levels of football to raise awareness about the identification of concussion symptoms and to raise awareness of what to do when these symptoms appear,” explained FIFA President Gianni Infantino. FIFA, following this measure which will come into force on July 1, 2024 upon publication of the new edition of the Laws of the Game.

“The idea is to make football safer and more attractive, and to do this we will continue to carefully review, study and test any relevant suggestions to amend or update the rules of our sport. »

In an effort to improve medical care in football around the world, FIFA organizes numerous medical training courses and seminars for its member associations each year during its competitions.

“We love football. This is why, of course, we want to take care of everyone involved in this sport, especially the players,” said President Infantino during his speech at the FIFA Medical Conference, which took place was held over two days in Boston (United States) last February. “That’s why you are here, to help us and to help the world progress and move forward in protecting the health of players and everyone around them. »

Investments in medical advances are in line with the partnership between FIFA and the WHO, materialized by the signing of a first memorandum of understanding in 2019 and which has continued to strengthen since.

The agreement was renewed last year by Gianni Infantino and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, and this relationship has borne fruit over time with the implementation of various joint projects.

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