May 12 – The World Cup has begun its now traditional journey quadrennial journey towards the World Cup host nation, in this case Qatar and arriving in time for the October-November event. The tour has become the FIFA equivalent of the Olympic flame.
By Samindra Kunti in Vienna
May 11 – Gianni Infantino has said that the “the undeniable progress” on migrant worker rights host nation Qatar has made will be part of the 2022 World Cup legacy.
May 11 – The separation of EA Sports and its FIFA gaming franchise from the world governing body will take another edition before completion. EA Sports will release a FIFA 23 title this year before renaming the world’s biggest football video game EA Sports FC.
May 10 – Even though it is a meaningless fixture, the abandoned 2022 World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina will have to be replayed after FIFA rejected appeals from both national federations.
May 10 – FIFA has ordered the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to pay former coach Gernot Rohr just under $380,000 in compensation after the governing body dismissed the German late last year.
May 9 – Reigning world champions Japan will face the Netherlands, Ghana and USA at the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica later this year.
May 5 – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said Gianni Infantino insulted migrant workers in Qatar after the FIFA president said they get “dignity and pride” from their work.
May 4 – FIFA have extended an investigation into alleged systematic sexual abuse of under-age players in Gabon by opening formal proceedings against four officials.
May 3 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino has claimed that migrant workers in Qatar, the hosts of the 2022 World Cup, gain pride from hard work.
May 3 – FIFA is entering the world of blockchain technology via a sponsorship and technical partnership with US business Algorand.
May 3 – FIFA has ordered Senegal to play one competitive match behind closed doors and has fined Senegal’s FA CHF175,000 for fan disorder at a World Cup playoff game, including shining laser pointers at Liverpool’s Egyptian star striker Mohamed Salah.
April 27 – FIFA has issued an invitation to tender (ITT) for the sale of media rights to the 2023 Women’s World Cup 2023 in selected territories across Asia.
April 25 – FIFA has published a guide for member federations looking to set up a club licensing system for women’s football competitions in their countries.
April 21 – FIFA’s Chief Social Responsibility and Education Officer, Joyce Cook, is leaving the role and returning to the UK to concentrate on tackling abuse in sport.
April 17 – Canada looks set to have three cities hosting matches at the 2026 World Cup which it is jointly hosting with the US and Mexico.