$1.5 billion Covid-19 aid for struggling football leagues approved

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has confirmed all 211 member associations, including the Sierra Leone Football Association, will be entitled to a “basic solidarity grant” of $1 million each and $500,000 that must be invested in women’s football. This was announced after world football’s governing body “unanimously approved”, on Thursday 25 June 2020, the aid by members of its council, insisting there would be “strict controls” on how the money is spent.

Besides, member associations can also apply for a COVID-19 relief loan worth 35 percent of their revenue up to a maximum of $5 million each. Continental governing bodies will get $2 million as a relief grant, and can also apply for an extra $4 million relief loan. In May, the Confederation of African Football also approved $10.8 million fast-track support to all 54 member associations, which Sierra Leone Football also benefited from.