BFA to benefit from FIFA funding

Barbados Football Association (BFA) is about to earn a portion of United States $1.4 billion which FIFA has allocated towards its football development projects all across the world. 


FIFA’s President, Gianni Infantino, made the announcement last week as he spoke with Sportsmax after the FIFA Executive Football Summit held Thursday at the Montego Bay, Convention Center, Jamaica. 


Infantino said that US$1.2 billion out of the money, will be going towards development projects across the world.

This is certainly great news for BFA, which is currently working on developing its Wildey, Astro Turf, with new lights recently, erected a few days ago, and bleachers to be put in place by early March for the start of the 2018 Premier League season. 


“We discussed the (FIFA) Forward Programme whereby FIFA invest currently US$1.4 billion in football development projects all over the world,” he told Sportsmax broadcaster George Davis when discussing the outcome of the meeting.


“It has increased … [it is] so quite a nice multiplier. But more importantly a project that has impacted the development of football all around the world, in projects, in infrastructure, in competitions,” the FIFA boss said, while pointing to the need for each territory to have at least one proper playing facility. 


Infantino said, “we were stressing on the fact that if they are two things that each association should be focusing on, is organizing competitions and having proper infrastructures, where these competitions can be played. Before any money is spent on any project, we must make sure that our facility in the country, in particular, at least one proper stadium where international matches can be played. 


“Once this happens and functions, which is the case with many countries around the world, then the money can be invested in other projects because we need to leave some flexibility to implement it.”


The CONCACAF meeting also included FIFA top officials representing confederations such as Africa and Europe as guests. 


Among other topics discussed at that summit was the development of youth and women’s competitions across FIFA’s 211 member association. 


“It is an important platform to exchange and to learn but also to give us at FIFA  strategic direction. We were discussing about the future of our competitions, about the future of our youth competitions. When it comes to the World Cup we have already taken a decision to increase the number of teams from 32 to 48. We want the hosting of youth competitions to be more inclusive, to be more participative,” Infantino said. 


While adding, “we are starting a project of Women’s World League and to really boost women’s football all around the world, not only where it currently exist”.

6 Responses to BFA to benefit from FIFA funding

  1. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles January 21, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    wonder if this time they’ll finally use the funds for football

  2. hcalndre January 22, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Why after all these years Barbados cannot have a house-hold name player in the football/soccer world. For years Barbados is trying to get an international field to call their own, every other country that plays the game has at least one person playing in a premier team in Europe, this weekend I watched a 20 yr old from Jamaica playing in Germany by the name of Bailey is one of the best and there is another 19 yr old name Rhain Brewster is with Liverpool another gem of a player. Barbados can not even get out of the first round of the CONCACAF competition.

  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 22, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Once they ain’t do like Jack Warner from Trinidad and Tobago.

  4. luther thorne January 22, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Randy Harris doing a MAGNIFICENT Job
    Job Approval Rating = 100 %

    The Best Man so Far in that Job.

  5. milli watt January 22, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    little Jack Warner sat in the corner………ahem I mean little Jack Horner lolololol

  6. colin harewood January 25, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    From here I am hoping to see positive progress when something for you it for you and Mr Harris love and commitment for soccer will reap positive benefits in the long run I am seeing it at present and given time we will be able to see progress


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