Gianni Infantino re-elected as FIFA President until 2027

Gianni Infantino has secured his position as FIFA’s President until 2027 after being the sole candidate during the world football governing body’s congress.

The 52-year-old Swiss lawyer, who took over from Sepp Blatter in 2016, was re-elected for a third term unopposed, just as he was four years ago, by delegates from the 211 member federations.

Infantino expressed his gratitude to the delegates and stated, “I am deeply honored to be re-elected as the President of FIFA. I am grateful for your trust and your confidence in me.”

However, there were no opposing voices as the voting system did not register any dissident voices. FIFA statutes limit a president to a maximum of three four-year terms.

Still, Infantino has already made it clear that he plans to stay until 2031 by claiming in December that his first three years in charge did not count as a full term.

Infantino’s tenure has been marked by the expansion of the men’s World Cup from 32 to 48 teams for the next edition, which will be held in North America in 2026.

Additionally, the women’s World Cup will feature 32 teams for the first time in Australia and New Zealand later this year.

The FIFA President also announced a projected income of $11 billion in the four years leading up to 2026, compared to $7.5 billion in the last four-year cycle that ended in 2022.

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