JFF to benefit from FIFA COVID-19 Fund

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Karen Madden

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is set to benefit from the FIFA COVID-19 Fund after world football's governing body approved US $1.5 billion to be shared among its member associations.

FIFA is to make the sum available in grants and loans as a part of the COVID-19 relief plan to help associations impacted by the coronavirus.

All 211 member associations will be entitled to a basic grant of $1 million each as well as $500,000 which must be invested in women's football.

The total US $1.5 million works out to just over $209 million Jamaican.

According to JFF president, Michael Ricketts, they are delighted by the prospect of what could unfold.

Of the US $500,000 or just under $70 million Jamaican that will go to women's football, Ricketts says the parish associations will benefit with funds going to the development of their programmes.

There will be strict controls on the use of funds, audit requirements, as well as clear loan repayment conditions with the deputy chairman of FIFA's Governance Committee appointed to supervise the relief plan steering committee.

FIFA had already announced in April that it would free up US $150 million in subsidies to member associations to help deal with the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.



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