The World Health Organization (WHO) and football’s governing body FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) have signed a four-year agreement to promote healthy lifestyle in all FIFA events across the globe.
The agreement includes promotion of a healthy lifestyle through football, policy alignment to ensure tobacco-free environment at FIFA events, encouraging national football associations to promote and adopt tobacco-free policies, including at stadiums, and to enable WHO to provide technical advice to FIFA on health matters.
The agreement also includes building on FIFA events to institute lasting improvements in health and safety, joint programs and initiatives to increase participation in physical activity through football, in line with WHO guidance, as well as working with national associations and networks of WHO goodwill ambassadors, football players, coaches and volunteers to increase physical activity through football.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, DG, WHO said that WHO is excited to be working with FIFA. Half the world watched the 2018 Football World Cup. “This means there’s huge potential for us to team up to reach billions of people with information to help them live longer, healthier lives,” he added.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino, said that Football is a unique, universal language and FIFA wants to use its platform and network to support health initiatives and promote healthy lifestyles all around the world.