Saturday 14 May 2022, 17:00

President Gianni Infantino congratulates FSHF on FIFA milestone 

  • The Football Association of Albania (FSHF) is celebrating 90 years of FIFA membership

  • FIFA President Gianni Infantino praised the Member Association for its continued commitment to football development

  • The President sent a special message to commemorate the anniversary

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has sent a message of congratulations to the Football Association of Albania (FSHF), on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of their FIFA membership.

The FSHF was formed in 1930, and joined FIFA two years later. Speaking via video message, the FIFA President praised the FSHF for its continued commitment to developing the game at every level – specifically crediting the recent successes of the men’s national team in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016, and the progress made in developing women’s football across the country.

Mr Infantino said: “Since becoming a member of FIFA in 1932, your association has created a long and distinguished track record of collaboration, football development, progress and success across all levels of men’s, women’s and youth football.

“All of you know well the importance of serious work, passion, commitment and of giving every talent a chance on the greatest stages of all, and the recent successes are clear proof of that.”

The FIFA President also took the opportunity to once again thank Albania for the role it played in housing refugees from Afghanistan – when, in October and November 2021, FIFA helped evacuate 163 vulnerable people connected to women’s sport in Afghanistan.

The FIFA President added: “Away from the pitch, your country has also been an example of solidarity in the most testing of times. In 2021 you opened your doors to members of Afghanistan’s female football community – at a time when remaining in their home country became too dangerous and I thank your country for this outstanding gesture of kindness. I am proud to work alongside you all in continuing to ensure the power of football is used to positively impact society across the world.”

The President concluded his message by wishing the FSHF well in their hosting of upcoming final of the Kupa e Shqipërisë, which takes place on 31 May and will be contested between Vllaznia and Laçi.