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SSFA To Benefit From FIFA Financial Support On Response To COVID-19 Impact

SSFA Francis Amin head having a hand sake moment with FIFA Head Infantion

Football’s World governing body FIFA has revealed plans to disburse up to USD 150 million to all the 211 affiliated national football governing bodies as operational funding to its member associations.  

The move is the first phase of a relief plan by FIFA to assist the football community that has been impacted on by the coronavirus pandemic.

All member associations including the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) will receive USD 500,000 (approx. SSP 14,2500,000) as part of the remaining entitlements towards the Forward 2.0 program for the years 2019 and 2020.

It should be noted that South Sudan has so far registered 6 cases of the COVID_19 with zero death and recoveries as of 25th April 2020. The South Sudan Football Association suspended the local league game due to the spread of the diesase. 

It should also be noted that the COVID_19 pandemic has brought sports in the world to a standstill with most sports events suspended until further notice and so many players within the local settings have not been receiving any remittance. 

However FIFA in its media release statement on 24th April 2020, has stated that, they will  start to send an immediate financial support to member associations in response to COVID-19 impact in the 211 affiliated football association. 

“FIFA will release all operational funding due to member associations for the years 2019 and 2020 in the coming days as the first step of a relief plan to assist the football community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This measure will mean that a total of around USD 150 million will be distributed among the 211 national football governing bodies around the world.

“The pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for the entire football community and, as the world governing body, it is FIFA’s duty to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “This starts by providing immediate financial assistance to our member associations, many of which are experiencing severe financial distress.

“This is the first step of a far-reaching financial relief plan we are developing to respond to the emergency across the whole football community. Together with our stakeholders, we are we assessing the losses and we are working on the most appropriate and effective tools to implement the other stages of this relief plan.

“I would like to thank the chairpersons of the FIFA Development Committee, Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, and the FIFA Finance Committee, Alejandro Domínguez, for their commitment and urgent approval of these measures by their committees.”

As part of the measure, all remaining entitlements of member associations to operational costs under the Forward 2.0 Programme will be released in full for the years 2019 and 2020. In particular, the release of the second instalment of operational costs for 2020, which was originally due in July, will be paid immediately.

Under normal circumstances, FIFA’s member associations would have only received the full amount of the contribution upon fulfillment of specific criteria. Instead, FIFA is now transferring this amount as an active support to help safeguard football across all member associations.

Concretely, this means that FIFA will release USD 500,000 to each member association in the coming days as well as any remaining entitlement for 2019 and 2020.

This immediate financial assistance should be used to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 on football in member associations, namely to meet financial or operational obligations that they may have towards staff and other third parties. The standard obligations and responsibilities in relation to the use of these funds as outlined in the Forward 2.0 Regulations remain fully applicable and will be subject to the standard audit and reporting process.

This financial relief plan is possible thanks to the strong financial position that FIFA has been able to consolidate over the past four years. The next stages of the plan are currently being finalised and will be communicated in due course”.

In South Sudan, the Football Association is yet to make a Corporate  Social Responsibility (CSR) activity which involved the fight against the COVID _19 Pandemic 

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