Monday 11 April 2022, 03:00

Living Football - Featuring FIFA Congress, Final Draw and Football for Schools

  • The latest episode focuses on the 72nd FIFA Congress and the Final Draw for Qatar 2022

  • Also includes exclusive interview with Communications Executive Director of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

  • In addition, the inaugural Football for Schools event in Doha gets prominent coverage

The latest episode of Living Football focuses on a special week in Doha, where key events like the 72nd FIFA Congress and the Final Draw for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ took place.

The launch of the Qatar 2022™ Volunteer Programme was just one of the colourful events that preceded the 72nd FIFA Congress, the first in-person annual event of world football’s governing body since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. There, in front of representatives of 210 of FIFA's 211 member associations, its President Gianni Infantino advocated for world peace, highlighting the role that football can play to that end. Unsurprisingly, the Final Draw takes centre stage in this episode of Living Football. In the presence of numerous legends of the game, including former world champions, the 29 already qualified teams discovered their fate.

Among other topics related to Qatar 2022, Living Football also focuses on the progress made in the areas of human and labour rights, highlighting the joint work of the Supreme Committee of Delivery & Legacy, the Qatari authorities and human rights and workers' organisations.

Also In this episode, Living Football has an exclusive interview with Fatma Al Nuaimi, Communications Executive Director of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and a key person in the organisation of the first FIFA World Cup on Arab soil. Describing the Final Draw "as one of the most important milestones" ahead of Qatar 2022, Al Nuaimi puts the World Cup in perspective. "Hosting it for the first time in the Middle East and in the Arab world is an opportunity in itself. It is not only a month-long tournament but something that will help change and transform perceptions," she explains. On top of the infrastructure that the World Cup will leave, Al Nuaimi singled out several legacy projects, including Generation Amazing, "one that began in 2009 with the presentation of our candidacy and which has had more than 725,000 beneficiaries to date".

The episode also features the memorandum of understanding that the FIFA Foundation, through its Football for Schools programme, signed with Generation Amazing and Qatar Foundation to deliver football initiatives aimed at empowering youth and the community of Qatar that go beyond the World Cup. The Football for Schools kick-off event in Doha was attended by FIFA Foundation CEO and former world champion Youri Djorkaeff as well as two FIFA Legends, Australia's Tim Cahill and Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands.