International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)
Chair: Kairui Huang & Elliot Lee
Topic A: Qatar 2022 - Controversies and Corruption
From the beginning, the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has been rocked by scandal. As the smallest nation by area to ever win the right to host the World Cup, the legitimacy of Qatar’s victory has been disputed. During a period of rampant corruption within FIFA, Qatar allegedly spent millions bribing members of the voting committee. The decision to award Qatar hosting rights was especially controversial due to Qatar’s horrific human rights record and the extreme heat which caused the tournament to be moved to the winter, disrupting European football league
schedules. While FIFA launched an investigation and suspended several of the voters on the committee, the investigation was deemed to be erroneous and incomplete. In order to right public opinion about FIFA, it will be essential for the committee to enact policies to increase public trust in FIFA and rally support for Qatar 2022.
Topic B: Football in Developing Countries
Football is known as the world’s game due to its immense and global popularity; for some countries, it is treated as a religion. As such, there is significant potential for organized football to create economic and social impact from local communities to a whole nation. Furthermore, the development and promotion of women’s football to encourage higher female participation and viewership can have potential to improve gender inequality with effective solutions. FIFA is not only responsible for the regulation of association football at the international level, but also aims to spread the popularity of the game and improve its experience. From implementing local grassroots programs to advising national football associations, the committee has an opportunity to allow FIFA to be widely known for more than just its World Cups and improve its image.