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May 24, 2023

WHO-FIFA extend health through football deal

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FIFA and WHO have agreed to extend their collaboration and to continue to use the power of football to promote healthy lifestyles and equal access to health services worldwide.

During the Seventy-sixth World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and FIFA President Gianni Infantino signed a four-year extension to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Geneva, Switzerland which has been in place since 4 October 2019.

“Health and football are perfect teammates. Promoting healthy lifestyles, safe stadiums and the physical and mental benefits of physical activity are among the many health goals WHO is proud to keep scoring with FIFA for the next four years,” said Dr. Tedros.

“WHO’s partnership with FIFA has already succeeded in sharing evidence-based messages to help people of all ages lead healthier and safer lives through the power of football and sport. WHO looks forward to continuing this journey,” stated in the press statement of WHO.

“We are proud to have signed and renewed the Memorandum of Understanding with the World Health Organization,” Gianni Infantino said.

“Since 2019, FIFA and WHO have worked together to try to use the impact of football, that helps drive health for one and all,” added the statement.

During the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, FIFA and WHO launched the Football Unites the World campaign.

Supported by Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Hassan Al-Haydos, Karim Benzema, Lucy Bronze, Giulia Gwinn, Kaká, Robert Lewandowski, Carli Lloyd, Édouard Mendy and Emmanuel Petit as well as by two of the WHO’s Goodwill Ambassadors for Sport and Health, namely Alisson Becker and Didier Drogba, it illustrated football’s unrivalled ability to bring people together.

Since 2020, the two organizations have joined forces on various digital campaigns and initiatives to address a range of health-related issues.