FIFA has announced the official opening of its second regional development office in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In line with FIFA 2.0 and its ongoing commitment to promoting and growing football around the world, the new regional development office in Johannesburg is providing dedicated assistance and support to member associations in the successful delivery of the FIFA Forward programme in Africa.
The FIFA regional development office in Johannesburg is staffed by a dedicated and experienced team of full-time development officers that work closely with 14 member associations from the COSAFA region.
“As the second fully operational FIFA regional development office in Africa, Johannesburg is a key addition to FIFA's international network of regional development offices. This new office is providing day-to-day and local support in the COSAFA region as FIFA aims to work ever more closely alongside our member associations in our shared commitment to develop football globally.
“The FIFA Forward development programme is the flagship of our President, Gianni Infantino. FIFA Forward is already having a real and lasting impact in growing the game and ensuring that it is more accessible and inclusive to all than ever before. By 2022, FIFA will have invested almost USD 3 billion in football development globally through the FIFA Forward programme.
“This new office forms part of our expanding global network of regional development offices and is one of 3 dedicated regional development offices located across Africa. Each regional office is providing hands-on local support to help develop and inspire a new generation of footballing talent.”
The new regional development office in Johannesburg hosted a dedicated workshop this week to advise member associations from COSAFA about the new FIFA Forward 2.0 regulations, following approval by the FIFA Council in Kigali, Rwanda last month.
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