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First event protection program implemented at a FIFA youth tournament



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Comprehensive program implemented at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup™ in Costa Rica; FIFA ( safeguarding officer on duty for each of the 32 matches; Additional measures implemented in cooperation with teams and tournament stakeholders.

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The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022™, held from 10 to 28 August 2022, saw the introduction and successful implementation of the first comprehensive event protection program at a FIFA youth tournament.

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Concrete and expert-backed measures were put in place to ensure the protection and well-being of players and adults, both participants and attendees of the event.

In line with FIFA’s commitment to embed safeguards throughout the game, processes have been designed to minimize the risks of abuse, exploitation and harassment towards children and adults.

The measures included the guarantee of a FIFA safeguarding officer on duty for each of the 32 matches, as well as a representative from the Costa Rican National Children’s Institute.

The program also included, among other initiatives, a protection presentation at each team arrival meeting, visits to team training sites and hotels during the tournament, and the development and distribution of materials at venues to raise awareness and provide guidance on the scope of the reporting mechanism available for incidents.

“As a priority at FIFA, we want everyone in football to feel welcome, respected and, most importantly, safe in FIFA competitions and at all levels of the game, especially children, who are the most vulnerable.

”, said Marie-laure Lemineur, Head of Safeguarding and Child Protection at FIFA.

“We have worked closely with a variety of FIFA functional areas, experts in the field of safeguarding, as well as stakeholders, local authorities, Concacaf, the Costa Rican member association and the Local Organizing Committee for the past two years.

to ensure that a robust and actionable schedule for the tournament was implemented.

Thanks to the dedicated commitment of everyone involved, we facilitate a safe environment for players, fans and everyone, providing the opportunity for everyone to enjoy unforgettable action on the field.” FIFA’s mission is to promote the game of football, protect its integrity and bring the game closer to everyone.

As part of that effort, FIFA’s Vision 2020-2023: Making Football Truly Global initiative ( sets out its commitment to promoting safe sport as part of broader efforts to protect human rights.

One of the cornerstones of this commitment is FIFA Guardians™ (, the flagship program of the Department of Child Protection and Safeguarding that provides a framework to help FIFA’s 211 member associations to prevent any risk of harm to children in football and to respond appropriately if necessary.

The competition safeguard programs will remain in place for the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup™ and future FIFA youth tournaments, as well as during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™.

Key facts: Nearly 1,000 event protection flyers and stickers distributed at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 Eight workshops and seminars organized with key tournament stakeholders such as team delegations, players, volunteers and officials matches, providing information on the protection of events prevention and response measures implemented More than 50 posters distributed in the main tournament venues, including stadiums and training venues 57 visits made to training venues and hotels of participating teams One FIFA event protection officer on duty at every match during the tournament

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