FIFA to open commercial office in Paris in early 2021

Emmanuel Macron and Gianni Infantino, in June 2019.

Created in 1904 in Paris, rue Saint-Honoré, in the 1er district, the International Football Federation (FIFA) will reconnect with its origins. At the end of a meeting organized at the Elysee Palace in the presence of the President of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graët, the Head of State, Emmanuel Macron, and the head of the world organization, Gianni Infantino, “ are agreed “, Monday October 5, “On the principle of opening a FIFA branch »In the French capital, at the start of 2021.

According to our information, FIFA, whose headquarters have been in Zurich (Switzerland) since 1932, wishes to relocate part of its commercial services to Paris and organize meetings there with French-speaking federations, in particular African federations, with regard to questions of governance and development of football.

According to the Elysée and the federation, “This openness is in line with FIFA’s desire to consolidate its relations with France and the French-speaking world, as well as UNESCO and the French Development Agency (AFD), partners in education and development policies through football which ‘she deploys. These new premises will also allow the creation of new activities in the Paris region ”, adds the Presidency of the Republic.

“A work associating Choose France [sommet créé par M. Macron] will allow the operational modalities to be specified ”

Discussions will take place this fall between FIFA and the public establishment Business France, mandated for this partial move, in order to find premises for the apex body of international football. The opening of this branch should take place in February 2021. “A work involving the teams of the Choose France initiative [sommet créé par Emmanuel Macron afin de valoriser l’attractivité économique de la France] will now make it possible to specify the operational methods », Assure the Elysee and FIFA.

As The world It had been revealed in January 2019, Mr. Infantino had mentioned this idea of ​​the move of FIFA to Paris when he was received by Mr. Macron, on December 7, 2018, in the midst of the “yellow vests” crisis. The FIFA President and the Head of State raised the subject again in June 2019 at the Elysee Palace, a few days before the re-election of Mr. Infantino for a second term, in Paris, during the 69e FIFA congress.

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