The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) will organize an official match geared at raising funds to help towards the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a communication dated May 18th FIFA said they will organize and arrange the date together with other stakeholders before announcing.
“The FIFA Foundation will organize its first-ever official football match to raise funds for Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT), a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable global access to new Coronavirus essential health technologies, including diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines,” said part of the communication.
“We have been active in raising awareness via several other campaigns, and FIFA has also contributed financially to this cause, but now we commit ourselves to organize this global fundraising event when the health situation permits, even if this is only in some months’ time,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
He said it is FIFA’s responsibility to demonstrate solidarity and continue to do everything they can to participate and support the efforts in the combat against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The FIFA Foundation intends to take the opportunity of hosting the match to widen the reach of football beyond the traditional sporting network and into wider society to help support efforts at tackling the Coronavirus.
The emergence of COVID-19 has greatly affected sports in the world and football in particular which has seen competitions postponed or even cancelled.