The FIFA Council, chaired by president Gianni Infantino, met online today to address the exceptional circumstances created by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
The first measure adopted was to include the Copa America and the European Championship (from June 11 to July 11, 2021) in the new calendar, with the new FIFA Club World Cup still to be scheduled.
Infantino has decided to set up three working groups.
The first, with FIFA and the confederations, has the task of ensuring that appropriate global solutions are finally found for competitions at all levels, taking into account the needs of all concerned, while always keeping the health of the participants as the first priority.
The second working group deals with player transfers. The need for changes or temporary solutions to the FIFA regulations on player transfers will be studied and assessed in order to protect contracts for both players and clubs and to adjust the registration periods for players in the light of the changing landscape of football.
The latter refers to the creation of a Support Fund, which will come into effect once the economic impact faced by all sectors of football on each continent has been assessed to see whether a global support fund or specific support mechanisms will be required.
Finally, FIFA approved a donation of 10 million dollars to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and to work together with WHO to ensure that these funds are used to support the fight against the virus in all regions of the world.