Sierra Leone Football Association may receive around $ 8 million from the world governing football body, FIFA Forward programme 3.0 for the development of football in the country.

FIFA is set to provide more funding and support for football development projects across the world than ever before through the said development Program.

The FIFA forward development program was launched in January and designed to offer comprehensive, individually tailored support for the growth of football in each member association and the six confederations.

Additionally, it aims to advance FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s vision by making football truly global and boosting the sport’s level of competition on a global scale.

With over 2.8 billion USD committed to a diverse array of plans that provide locally relevant backing to the needs of the six confederations and 211 member associations during the last two editions, the next four-year cycle, which runs from 2023 to 2026, “represents an increase in football development investment of almost 30% and is a direct consequence of the reinforced governance and financial situation of the new FIFA since 2016.”

Up to US$5 million will be given to each Member Association (MA), including Sierra Leone, to cover operational costs associated with football-related activities, and US$3 million will be used to carry out well-thought-out, targeted football projects that help achieve long-term football development goals.

In addition, member associations that are deemed to require the most support will get up to US$1.2 million each to cover for cost of travel and accommodation for their national teams as well as football equipment gears.