FIFA invests $200 mn in soccer development in 2013

fifaMadrid : FIFA said Wednesday it has invested $200 million this year in soccer-development activities involving all of its 209 member associations, including “landmark initiatives” in Somalia, Afghanistan and Palestine.

The latest beneficiary of FIFA’s development projects was its newest member association, South Sudan, where courses for referees and coaches were held in Juba over the past two months.

“2013 was a special year since we started a very important process in implementing the new general regulations for development programmes,” FIFA Director of Member Associations and Development Thierry Regenass said.

Cape Verde and Cuba (countries that have benefited from a total of seven Goal projects) made news in 2013 by qualifying for the first time for the African Cup of Nations and the FIFA U-20 World Cup, respectively.

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