FIFA, football’s global governing body, has signed a four-year collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) that will focus on a number of areas, including ensuring tobacco-free environments at stadia.

The partnership is designed to promote healthy lifestyles through football globally, with WHO to provide FIFA with technical advice on a range of health matters.

A focus will be placed on making sure FIFA events are tobacco-free environments and encouraging national football federations to adopt tobacco-free policies, including at stadia.

FIFA previously worked with WHO to ban tobacco at football tournaments such as last year’s World Cup in Russia. The two parties will continue efforts to safeguard health at FIFA events and to institute lasting improvements in health and safety.

Joint programmes and initiatives with football associations and players, coaches and volunteers will launch with the aim of increase participation on physical activity, in line with WHO guidance.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said: “I am extremely happy to announce this collaboration with WHO. Football is a unique, universal language and we want to use our platform and network to support health initiatives and promote healthy lifestyles all around the world.”

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