FIFA Medical Centres of Excellence

Concept and Implementation

As part of the sustainable development of football medicine, 47 FIFA Medical Centres of Excellence and 2 FIFA Medical Clinics of Excellence for football players have been accredited around the world since 2005. The FIFA Medical Centres and Clinics of Excellence, serving the needs of footballers at all levels of play, offering independent assessments including state-of-the-art treatment. Moreover, the centres have become an important part of the worldwide network for medical football doctors, physiotherapists and paramedical staff who deal with problems on a day-to-day basis with clubs and individual players.

Football medicine experts are hard to find, as they need experience in diagnosis and treatment of injuries, aftercare, and prevention. However, “football medicine”, coined by F-MARC, means much more, i.e., advice on football-specific topics like psychological strategies, diets, and doping matters.

FIFA therefore intends to officially accredit centres and clinics that show medical, educational, and research expertise and commitment to football. Players worldwide who need specialized services will then have the best knowledge of where to seek treatment.

Medical Centers
47
Medical Clinics
2
Duration (years)
11
Countries
33

Duties and

Benefits

FIFA Medical Centres and Clinics of Excellence will be:

officially FIFA accredited referral centres for football players

local liaisons with FIFA and F-MARC

effective communicators and implementers of F-MARC’s mission and application of scientific results

regional centres and resources in the worldwide networks of FIFA Medical Officers and FIFA Doping Control Officers

research centres for studies with F-MARC and others, and be a team player in the global research strategy in football medicine

providers of educational activities for communities within FIFA and F-MARC educational programmes

To achieve this, the FIFA Medical Committee and F-MARC started an exacting accreditation process for FIFA Medical Centres and Clinics of Excellence, who submit a comprehensive application that is reviewed by an F-MARC evaluation group.

Accredited centres and clinics submit standardised annual reports on their achievements that are reviewed by F-MARC. After five years, centres and clinics must reapply to maintain their status. FIFA Medical Centres and Clinics of Excellence are open to everyone and will offer football-specific diagnosis and therapy. A key part of the centres’ and clinics’ services are second opinions on specific illnesses and injuries.

Visions and

Aims

Promote injury prevention and improvement of players’ health and well-being by:

Fostering collaborations with individuals, institutions, and organisations to improve player health and support the FIFA and F-MARC missions

Providing state-of-the-art clinical management of football medicine issues including expertise in musculoskeletal medicine for all players

Implementing applied ongoing and novel research and development within F-MARC’s framework and long-term strategy

Educating and training next generations of clinical specialists and scientists

Football medicine experts are hard to find, as they need experience in diagnosis and treatment of injuries, aftercare, and prevention. However, “football medicine”, coined by F-MARC, means much more, i.e., advice on football-specific topics like psychological strategies, diets, and doping matters.

FIFA therefore intends to officially accredit centres and clinics that show medical, educational, and research expertise and commitment to football. Players worldwide who need specialized services will then have the best knowledge of where to seek treatment.

FIFA Medical

Centres and Clinics of Excellence

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Centres of Excellence