Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has opened up a second fully operational regional development office on the African continent in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has opened up a second fully operational regional development office on the African continent in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has opened up a second fully operational regional development office on the African continent in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This is the second FIFA regional development office in Africa after Senegal in West Africa.

 It was opened on Wednesday, 28th November 2018 after member associations from COSAFA attended a FIFA workshop in Johannesburg on new FIFA Forward 2.0 regulations.

The new FIFA regional development office will provide on-the-ground support to member associations across Africa.

In a major step forward for the development of football in Africa, FIFA has announced the official opening of its second regional development office on the African continent today following the official inauguration of a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In line with FIFA 2.0 and its ongoing commitment to promoting and growing football around the world, the new regional development office in Johannesburg is providing dedicated assistance and support to member associations in the successful delivery of the FIFA Forward programme in Africa.

Addressing members at the inauguration, Joyce Cook, FIFA Chief Member Associations Officer hailed the key milestone.


As the second fully operational FIFA regional development office in Africa, Johannesburg is a key addition to FIFA’s international network of regional development offices. This new office is providing day-to-day and local support in the COSAFA region as FIFA aims to work evermore closely alongside our member associations in our shared commitment to develop football globally.The FIFA Forward development programme is the flagship of our President, Gianni Infantino. FIFA Forward is already having areal and lasting impact in growing the game and ensuring that it is more accessible and inclusive to all than ever before. By 2022, FIFA will have invested almost USD 3 billion in football development globally through the FIFA Forward programme. This new office forms part of our expanding global network of regional development offices and is one of 3 dedicated regional development offices located across Africa. Each regional office is providing hands-on local support to help develop and inspire a new generation of footballing talent.


Joyce Cook, FIFA Chief Member Associations Officer

Alongside the inauguration, the new regional development office in Johannesburg also hosted a dedicated workshop this week to advise member associations from COSAFA about the new FIFA Forward 2.0 regulations, following approval by the FIFA Council in Kigali, Rwanda last month.

The workshop – one of 13 taking place around the world this month – provided an important opportunity for member associations to understand the benefits and measures introduced within the updated Forward 2.0 regulations,as well as learning about the statutory obligations and funding controls FIFA has put in place to ensure transparency and the proper use of development funds distributed through FIFA Forward.

Véron Mosengo-Omba, FIFA Development Director for the Caribbean and Africa Region enlightened the need for transparency and proper use of FIFA Development funds;


Hosted by our regional development team, this week’s workshop has provided another important opportunity to engage and understand the various needs of our member associations in COSAFA, as well as advising  them about the enhanced measures that FIFA has put in place to ensure transparency and the proper use of development funds distributed through FIFA Forward. Following its introduction in May 2016, FIFA Forward continues to go from strength to strength and we look forward to seeing the programme continuing to play a key role in the growth and future development of football in Africa and member associations in the region


Véron Mosengo-Omba, FIFA Development Director for the Caribbean and Africa Region

The Johannesburg office is one of ten regional development offices to be opened by FIFA since the creation of the Forward programme in 2016.

Other FIFA regional development offices are already established in India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Senegal, Barbados, and the United Arab Emirates with Ethiopia opening in January 2019.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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