Wednesday 26th may 2015, will go down as a big day for FIFA in history. On this day, some 18 persons were were indicted by US prosecutors. The persons are either involved in executive positions within FIFA or who were involved via Marketing Companies. Most of the charges related to racketeering, fraud and money laundering. [Read more…]
Spanish champions Barcelona have been given a 14-month transfer ban by Fifa for breaking rules on signing international players under 18. [Read more…]
FIFA U-20 World Cup officials have given New Zealand their seal of approval as the country gears up to host one of the biggest sporting events on the planet. [Read more…]
Pretoria – Bafana Bafana’s rise from number 71 to 67 on the latest Coca Cola FIFA World Rankings has been welcome news for the national football…
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Pretoria – The South African Football Association (Safa) has praised the appointment of Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale to FIFA’s Media Committee.
Safa said the move both epitomised and acknowledged the vital role the minister has played in promoting the world’s favourite sport. [Read more…]
Pretoria – FIFA President Sepp Blatter has described Wednesday’s football stampede in Egypt as a black day for football.
According to media reports, 74 people died including one police officer, when fans of Al-Masry stormed the field following a 3-1 win against Al-Ahly in a match played in Port Said. [Read more…]
Pretoria – The World Football Governing body, FIFA, has selected South Africa as the venue to host three high-profile training courses.
French speaking delegates will be trained on the Transfer Matching System (TMS), which will be hosted in conjunction with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) starting on Monday, 11 April, with their English speaking counterparts joining the session on Wednesday and Thursday. [Read more…]
FIFA made a profit of US$631 million over the last four years, with world football’s governing body revealing on Thursday that 87% of its $4.19 billion turnover was generated by the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
FIFA’s financial report confirmed that expenditure was $3.56 billion, $105 million over budget due of additional investments in football development and a $31 million overspend on the 2010 World Cup. FIFA’s annual profits have grown steadily from $49 million in 2007 to $202 million in 2010, while the ruling body’s reserves have reached $1.28 billion.
“FIFA is financially strong and dependent on the World Cup,” said director of finance Markus Kattner. “This illustrates the necessity for FIFA to build up and have sufficient reserves to decrease its dependency on the World Cup.”
FIFA also announced on Thursday that the berths for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will remain the same as in 2010. Under that format, Europe is guaranteed 13 spots, Africa will have five, Asia will have four and Central and North America will have three.
South America – in addition to Brazil qualifying automatically as host – will have four spots. South America, Asia, Central and North America and Oceania were also given a half-berth, meaning one country from each region will qualify for a two-legged playoff series for an opportunity to advance as one of the final two qualifiers. The play-off series will be decided by an open draw in future, rather than pre-arranged pairings.
The FIFA Executive Committee also confirmed on Thursday during its meeting that the 2015 Women’s World Cup and 2014 Under-20 Women’s World Cup will be staged by Canada, the 2013 Under-20 World Cup will be hosted by Turkey and the 2015 Under-20 World Cup will take place in New Zealand. It was also decided that the 2013 Under-17 World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates, the 2015 Under-17 World Cup will take place in Chile, the 2012 Women’s Under-20 World Cup will be staged in Uzbekistan and the 2014 Under-17 Women’s World Cup will be hosted by Costa Rica.