Barbados Football Association (BFA) is about to earn a portion of United States $1.4 billion which FIFA has allocated towards its football development projects all across the world.
FIFA’s President, Gianni Infantino, made the announcement last week as he spoke with Sportsmax after the FIFA Executive Football Summit held Thursday at the Montego Bay, Convention Center, Jamaica.
Infantino said that US$1.2 billion out of the money, will be going towards development projects across the world.
This is certainly great news for BFA, which is currently working on developing its Wildey, Astro Turf, with new lights recently, erected a few days ago, and bleachers to be put in place by early March for the start of the 2018 Premier League season.
“We discussed the (FIFA) Forward Programme whereby FIFA invest currently US$1.4 billion in football development projects all over the world,” he told Sportsmax broadcaster George Davis when discussing the outcome of the meeting.
“It has increased … [it is] so quite a nice multiplier. But more importantly a project that has impacted the development of football all around the world, in projects, in infrastructure, in competitions,” the FIFA boss said, while pointing to the need for each territory to have at least one proper playing facility.
Infantino said, “we were stressing on the fact that if they are two things that each association should be focusing on, is organizing competitions and having proper infrastructures, where these competitions can be played. Before any money is spent on any project, we must make sure that our facility in the country, in particular, at least one proper stadium where international matches can be played.
“Once this happens and functions, which is the case with many countries around the world, then the money can be invested in other projects because we need to leave some flexibility to implement it.”
The CONCACAF meeting also included FIFA top officials representing confederations such as Africa and Europe as guests.
Among other topics discussed at that summit was the development of youth and women’s competitions across FIFA’s 211 member association.
“It is an important platform to exchange and to learn but also to give us at FIFA strategic direction. We were discussing about the future of our competitions, about the future of our youth competitions. When it comes to the World Cup we have already taken a decision to increase the number of teams from 32 to 48. We want the hosting of youth competitions to be more inclusive, to be more participative,” Infantino said.
While adding, “we are starting a project of Women’s World League and to really boost women’s football all around the world, not only where it currently exist”.