FIFA football’s global governing body has reached an agreement in principle to open a new office in the French capital of Paris.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino this week met with French President Emmanuel Macron and French Football Federation (FFF) president Noël Le Graët, and it was agreed that the new office would open at the start of 2021.
He said that operational procedures will now be developed with teams of the ‘Choose France’ initiative.
FIFA was founded in Paris in 1904 and it is hoped that opening an office in the city will lead to new activities in the region.
The new office would be in line with Fifa’s plans to “consolidate its relations” with France and the French-speaking world, as well as Paris-headquartered UNESCO and the French Development Agency (AFD).
FIFA set to open a new office in Paris
During the meeting, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on football was also discussed, along with Fifa’s joint projects for women’s football and the development of the sport in Africa.
During this working meeting, they agreed on the principle of opening a FIFA office in Paris at the beginning of 2021. The operational procedures will now be developed with the teams of the “Choose France” initiative.
FIFA, which was founded in the French capital in 1904, is thus going back to its roots by opening these new facilities, which will also lead to new activities in the Paris region.
This new undertaking is in line with FIFA’s desire to consolidate its relations with France and the French-speaking world, as well as UNESCO and the French Development Agency (AFD), partners in the educational and development policies it deploys through football.
The impact of COVID-19 on football was also discussed at the meeting, along with the organisations’ joint projects for women’s football and development in Africa.
Fifa has headquartered in the Swiss city of Zürich and the body has other temporary offices around the world.