The World football governing body FIFA have signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding with the Conféderation Africaine de Football CAF and the African Union.
The MoU, signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki and CAF President Ahmad Ahmad will implement common strategies and programmes on education, good governance, fight against corruption, and safety and security at football matches.
The three bodies will join forces to support education using football for all schoolchildren of all member countries of the AU, including the development and training of teachers. This will include the implementation of FIFA’s new Football for Schools Programme, and distribution of 11 million balls to schools around the world while contributing to the development of children skills through the promotion of the key values of football.
FIFA has allocated a budget of USD 100 million to the Football for Schools Programme over the next four-year cycle, and pilot projects will start in Mauritania, Botswana and Rwanda.
The second pillar of the agreement will promote safety and security at football matches. FIFA will use its broad expertise in this field and work in cooperation with relevant public and private stakeholders. The collaboration will focus on capacity-building on legislative aspects, the development of stadium safety & security management measures and interventions, as well as engagement in best practise exchange across AU countries.
Both organisations also agreed to promote good governance and anti-corruption in sport, in particular through joint actions such as workshops and awareness campaigns against match manipulation and other forms of malpractise in football. They also plan to promote good governance among the FIFA member associations in the AU region with key principles such as democracy, gender equality, stakeholder involvement, transparency, accountability, solidarity, and checks and balances.