International Volunteer Day has provided FIFA President Gianni Infantino with the opportunity to stress the crucial role that volunteers play in the delivery of FIFA tournaments, saluting their support during the ongoing FIFA Arab Cup 2021™, while also acknowledging their involvement in the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
“Volunteers have played a crucial part in making football both the most beautiful and the most popular sport in the world,” said the FIFA President. “You are the lifeblood of football, and we salute you all for your outstanding support and for your tireless dedication that has helped football to grow across the globe. The eyes of the world will follow FIFA in 2022 as the FIFA World Cup takes place in Qatar, and we invite volunteers to be part of our winning team, which will deliver the biggest and best global football event that the world has ever seen.”
The interest in FIFA tournaments has withstood the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic during 2021, with over 300 registrations per day being made on the FIFA global Volunteer Platform, a statistic not lost on FIFA’s Secretary General Fatma Samoura.