Gianni Infantino will serve a second term as the president of the world governing body for football – FIFA. The 49-year-old Swiss-Italian has been re-elected unopposed at FIFA’s annual congress in Paris.
Infantino will serve as the FIFA president until 2023.
has been re-elected as president of football’s world governing body Fifa for a second term.
The Swiss-Italian, 49, was re-elected until 2023 without opposition at Fifa’s annual congress in Paris. When he stepped into the highest FIFA office in 2016, incumbent president Sepp Blatter was banned following a corruption scandal in 2017.
Blatter’s four-year term has seen football prevailing over controversies and scandals. “Nobody talks about crisis at Fifa any more or rebuilding it from scratch,” he said. “Nobody talks about scandals or corruption, we talk about football. We can say that we’ve turned the situation around.
“This organisation has gone from being toxic, almost criminal, to being what it should be – an organisation that develops football and is now synonymous with transparency, integrity.”
Infantino’s re-election was confirmed after the FIFA Congress had changed the rule and assured that voting will not be required by FIFA’s 211 members if a candidate does not face any opponent for a post.
Infantino, a former UEFA secretary-general, has been instrumental in increasing the FIFA World Cup teams from 32 to 38 from the 2026 edition in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
He has also introduced reforms in the 24-team FIFA Club World Cup.