FIFA President emphasizes the importance of raising club management standards

FIFA President emphasizes the importance of raising club management standards

* Gianni Infantino speaking at the Club Management Diploma session

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* Forty participants, including executives from around the world and football greats Carly Lloyd, Tim Cahill, Fernandinho, John Terry and Juan Mata, are joining the program.

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* Says that raising management standards is key to improving competitive balance

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino stressed the importance of raising the standards of club management around the world, addressing the 40 participants in the second year of the FIFA Club Management Diploma, saying it was the key to improving the competitive balance.

“Clubs have to operate to higher and higher standards because there is indeed a gap between a few countries in Europe – not even all of Europe, but a few countries – and the rest of the world,” he said. in a video message for the session in New York. “That’s why I’m happy that you represent the whole world.”

“What we need to do is close the gap, not bring down these big Europeans, because these big Europeans also need to keep growing. But the rest of the world also needs to grow and provide a more competitive football world.”

The Diploma in Club Management aims to provide club executives and former international players from around the world with the latest practical know-how and insights from the industry. Forty participants from all confederations joined the second edition of the 12-month program, including football greats Carly Lloyd, Tim Cahill, Fernandinho, John Terry and Juan Mata.

The FIFA president said it was critical that club administrators be aware of issues such as calendars, competition, talent training and transfer rules, and have an understanding of global football. “It is important for all participants to understand the interests of the world,” he said, adding that he also welcomes their feedback. “It’s part of making football truly global.”

The FIFA President reiterated that he wants to work to ensure that in the future, at least 50 clubs from around the world are good enough to win a potential Club World Cup.

“Now 20 of those clubs will be European and that’s fine, but the other 30 have to be from five other continents and that’s going to be fantastic,” he said.

One of the many attractions of the course is the high status of both the speakers, including top managers from around the world, and the participants, which include a number of active and former players, who will be provided with the tools and knowledge needed to run a successful football club.

The latter include Tim Cahill, who scored for Australia in three World Cups, and Fernandinho, whose many accolades include eleven league titles in Ukraine and England.

“It really opened my eyes to the world of football,” said Tim Cahill. “Working with FIFA has allowed me to visit different federations to see how they work, how global football is.”

Fernandinho added: “I am very happy to complete this course and learn more and more to put it into practice in the future when I become a former player. As the president said, we must try to make football even more global.”

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