FIFA considering to shift base from Zurich: Report

This move by Infantino can see FIFA leave its nine-decade old office

Football’s world governing body FIFA is reportedly considering to shift its headquarters from Zurich, Switzerland.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has asked his top administration to explore the viability of moving the FIFA headquarters out of Zurich completely. Or, at least, relocate offices as FIFA subsidiaries in different parts of the world.

According to a report published by New York Times, the move is primarily driven by two factors – a) difficulties in hiring staff members from outside Europe and b) an acceptance that continuing to base its operations in a country with a reputation for corporate secrecy might not align with the goals of an organization trying to win back the public trust; along with  various other factors.

FIFA has been operating out of Zurich for nearly 90 years. The world governing body for football has witnessed its top leadership being arrested in Switzerland in connection with a major corruption scandal, which led to the exit of long-serving FIFA head Sepp Blatter and election of president Infantino.

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After being re-elected to a second term as president in June, Infantino had tasked his leading team members to study the viability of FIFA’s leaving its headquarters in Zurich.

Earlier last week, All India Football Federation president Praful Patel had revealed that was exploring possibilities to set up a FIFA office in New Delhi.

“I cannot dictate whether there can be a FIFA office in Delhi. But there is a regional system. There used to be a regional office for South Asia here, and now it’s a little more expanded. Given the size of India and the subcontinent, we should look for something more substantial. I will be pushing for it,” Patel had told Sportstar.

“My agenda is to further enhance India’s position in world affairs, some advantages flowing back because of my presence,” said Patel, who was elected into the FIFA Council in April.

Patel’s comments might have well been influenced by knowledge of Infantino’s plans with regard to the FIFA offices.

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