Despite this negative result in 2015, FIFA maintains a positive outlook for the future. “With the recently approved reforms, I believe that we have turned a corner and that FIFA is poised to emerge stronger than ever,” said President Infantino. “During my presidency, I pledge to make this happen and to lead FIFA into a brighter and more sustainable future so that we can all return our full focus to football. We saw in 2015 that FIFA’s competitions – such as the FIFA Women’s World Cup – remain an incredible opportunity for us to promote the game and to raise the funds we need to fulfil our core mission of football development.”
The reforms approved at the Extraordinary Congress in February are already partly reflected in the FIFA Financial and Governance Report, which provides greater transparency, particularly when it comes to the disclosure of the compensation of committee members and key management personnel. The principle of remuneration defined by the Compensation Sub-Committee as well as the compensation of the President, the Secretary General, the Executive Committee members and independent committee members are disclosed under section 7 of the Governance Report (p. 62-63).
Moreover, the revised budget for the 2015-2018 cycle has been approved by the FIFA Executive Committee and will be put forward for ratification to the FIFA Congress in Mexico City (12-13 May 2016). This revised budget has been compiled to invest even more funds into developing football around the world. As a consequence, the budget for football development for the 2015-2018 period has been increased by USD 517 million from USD 900 million to USD 1,417 million. Of this, USD 1,151 million is directed towards member associations (including support for less privileged associations), USD 240 million is for the confederations, and USD 26 million will go to the regional associations.
The financing for this additional investment will come from increased revenues as well as cost savings, so that, as in the past, the goal will be to achieve a surplus for the four-year cycle of USD 100 million. FIFA’s aim is to keep the reserves untouched at the end of the cycle, a sustainable strategy which has proven vital in managing unexpected events. The new revenue target for the 2015-2018 period is therefore USD 5,656 million, with the total investments amounting to USD 5,556 million.
For further details, please read the FIFA Financial and Governance Report as well as the FAQ.