FIFA will release operational funds for 2019 and 2020 amounting to $150 million to its member associations as the first step of a relief plan to help negate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global soccer body said on Friday.
Each of FIFA’s 211 member associations would receive $500,000 in the coming days as well as any remaining entitlements for 2019 and 2020, it added.The coronavirus outbreak has brought soccer to a standstill and clubs have struggled to cope with the loss of revenue.
“The pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for the entire football community and, as the world governing body, it is FIFA’s duty to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said https://www.fifa.com/who-we-are/news/fifa-starts-immediate-financial-support-to-member-associations-in-response-to-co.
“This starts by providing immediate financial assistance to our member associations, many of which are experiencing severe financial distress.”This is the first step of a far-reaching financial relief plan we are developing to respond to the emergency across the whole football community.”
“This immediate financial assistance should be used to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 on football in member associations, namely to meet financial or operational obligations that they may have towards staff and other third parties,” FIFA said.