Eurovita Sports Clinic in Sofia is awarded prestigious FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence accreditation

At an official ceremony in Bulgaria‘s capital, Sofia, the Eurovita Sports Clinic and Prof. Dr Shoilev Hospital celebrated their official accreditation as one of the elite medical centres worldwide recognised by FIFA. Global football’s governing body accredits established centres that have demonstrated their leadership in football medicine. All centres undergo a strict selection process and…

Accreditation for Slovenia’s first FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence

Slovenia has its first FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence. The Institute of Sports Medicine (ISM) at the University of Maribor, the University Medical Centre Maribor, the Science and Research Centre at the University of Primorska and the National Football Centre in Brdo have received joint accreditation after FIFA evaluated the expertise and quality of care…

FIFA awards Medical Centre of Excellence status to Liège institutions CHU and ULg

After evaluating the expertise and quality of care provided to amateur and elite athletes by the University Hospital Centre (CHU) and the University of Liège (ULg), FIFA has conferred Medical Centre of Excellence status on both institutions. The chairman of the FIFA Medical Committee, Dr Michel D’Hooghe, officially awarded the prestigious certification to both centres…

FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence Inaugurated in Vancouver

The University of British Columbia’s Allan McGavin Sport Medicine Centre was inaugurated as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence on Thursday September 1, 2016, one of only two centres in Canada to attain the designation from the Federation Internationale de Football Association, based in Zurich. Professor Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer, Mr. Steve Reed,…

McGill University, CBI-Concordia Physio Sport NDG becomes FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence

During a ceremony held today at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT), in partnership with CBI-Concordia Physio Sport NDG, was officially recognized as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence. Joining the University of British Columbia as one of only two such sites accredited by FIFA in Canada, the…

FIFA 11 for Health programme introduced in Central Asia

“FIFA 11 for Health” has expanded internationally, having begun in Africa and been subsequently rolled out in Latin America, Oceania and Southern Asia, the programme now arrived for the first time in Central Asia. The first pilot course of “FIFA 11 for Health”, a football-based health education programme, has been successfully completed in Bishkek, the…

“FIFA 11+ Kids” launched in Brazil

The Brazilian Football Association (CBF) has partnered with its association of football doctors (CNMF) to organise a workshop covering the “FIFA 11+” – FIFA’s warm-up programme meant to prevent injuries. FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jiri Dvorak and F-MARC (FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre) member Dr Mario Bizzini visited the CBF headquarters, took part in…

Fighting the taboo

Injuries are part and parcel of sport – but they can still be prevented. Players need to ask themselves one question: when am I most at risk on the pitch? We take a look at the most common injuries in women’s football.

Slovakian hospital designated as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence

The Kosice-Saca hospital in East Slovakia has joined the ranks of the world’s leading sports medical centres after being inaugurated as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence on Friday 1 July 2016. The confirmation of the accreditation brings to a successful conclusion of several years work by doctors at the centre who wished to establish…

Sport, Governance and Ethics

FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer Prof. Jiří Dvořák discussed the challenges he and FIFA have attempted to tackle in over two decades at the 27th Annual Crans Montana Forum, in Vienna, Austria. Delivering a speech at the gathering, centred around Sport, Governance and Ethics, Prof. Dvořák emphasised the power football has in transmitting messages, those of public…

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