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More than 500,000 applicants for volunteer positions for FIFA events

More than 500,000 people have already registered on the global FIFA volunteer platform. The FIFA Volunteers programme, revamped in December 2020, is one of the most ambitious of its kind in the world of sport. Via its registration portal, it allows in particular to apply for any future FIFA competition. Since October 2021, marking the final year of preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, more than 400,000 new volunteers have joined the roster.

“This increase we are seeing on the platform is remarkable,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “It shows that our volunteer program, through its online platform, has built a global community with strong interest in participating in the World Cup in Qatar later this year.” “Volunteers play an essential role in all FIFA competitions. With their energy and smiles, they directly contribute to the atmosphere of sporting events. In addition, they give their time and bring their expertise to the development of football. Once again, they have shown their commitment and their love for our sport and we would like to thank them for that.” The figures also impressed Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary General. “I’m glad we reached this milestone so quickly after relaunching the program,” she said. “Volunteers play a vital role in the growth of football. The popularity of the game and the love it generates is evident in the response of these hundreds of thousands of volunteers. This is a very important community and we hope its ranks will continue to grow.”

The geographical distribution of volunteers highlights the strong interest of regions close to Qatar: 43.2% and 40.2% of candidates come from Asia and Africa respectively. The most spoken language among applicants is English (94.4%), followed by French (23.8%), Spanish (16.7%) and German (3.8%) . Slightly less than half of the volunteers (48.9%) speak another language than the four mentioned above. 53.1% of volunteers have a job while 34.4% are students. The most represented age groups are young people: 42.9% for 24-34 year olds and 36% for 18-24 year olds. Next come the 35-44 year olds, with 15.6%, then the over 45s, with 5.5%. The registration period for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Volunteer Programme, which is the largest volunteer program in Qatar’s history, closes on Sunday 31 July at 23:59 (Doha time) . It aims to bring people together around football in order to help organize the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and the Arab world. It is an outpouring of love for this sport, called to highlight the spirit of Qatar. These 20,000 passionate volunteers will be at the heart of the competition’s operations and will constitute an essential reference for the future of volunteering in the region. “Next November, when the World Cup kicks off here, our work will be watched by billions of people. As Qatari residents, we are fortunate to support this competition through volunteering. The enthusiasm demonstrated by candidates amazed us all,” said Susan Borden, an American citizen who is part of the group of ‘pioneer volunteers’ involved in the recruitment process. The series of interviews will end on August 13, 100 days before kick-off. All interested people (over 18), whether they are passionate about football or want to live a volunteer experience, can apply until Sunday 31 July on volunteer.fifa.com, a platform for registering. at all FIFA events.

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