Following FIFA’s announcement of the ‘FIFA COVID 19 Relief Plan’, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has gratefully accepted this financial support and resultantly set up a dedicated FAW Matchday Support Grant to protect the future of the domestic game in Wales.
FIFA COVID 19 Relief Plan
The FIFA COVID 19 Relief Plan provides each of the 211 FIFA member associations and six confederations with a Solidarity Grant of $1m (circa £750K), in addition to a specific Women’s Football grant of $500K (circa £375K) to assist in the alleviation of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant will provide support to eligible FAW and Area Association affiliated clubs across Tiers 1-4 of the Men’s Pyramid and Tiers 1-2 of the Women’s Pyramid.
The relief plan made available by FIFA is to enable beneficiaries to protect and safeguard football from the adverse economic effects of the Pandemic. As a not-for-profit organisation, the FAW, like many other National Associations has been forced to make difficult decisions during the COVID 19 pandemic, which will see significant financial losses to the association. The FAW Board has determined that the principal use and majority of the financial aid available should however be used to protect clubs across our National Leagues during this difficult time.
The FAW is working closely with affiliated clubs and area associations to communicate; the FAW’s Matchday Support Grant purpose, eligibility, size of grant and the application process. The FAW & FAWT have also worked with clubs to ensure awareness and availability of further funding opportunities. Details of these can be viewed on the FAW COVID 19 page.
The FAW and FAWT are also appreciative for the ‘Be Active Wales Fund’, administered by Sport Wales following receipt of a government support package, which has to date awarded 108 football clubs financial support. For more information on how the Be Active Wales Fund is supporting football clubs, visit here.