The World Health Organization (WHO) and football’s world governing body, FIFA, agreed a four-year collaboration to promote healthy lifestyles through football globally.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and FIFA President Gianni Infantino signed the memorandum of understanding at WHO’s Geneva-based headquarters.
The agreement includes four areas of collaboration:
- Advocacy to promote a healthy lifestyle through football.
- Policy alignment to ensure tobacco-free environments at FIFA events; to encourage national football federations to adopt tobacco-free policies, including at stadiums; and to enable WHO to provide technical advice to FIFA on health matters.
- Building on FIFA events to institute lasting improvements in health and safety.
- Joint programmes and initiatives to increase participation in physical activity through football, in line with WHO guidance, as well as working with national associations and networks of WHO goodwill ambassadors, football players, coaches and volunteers to increase physical activity through football.