Prince Ali to run for FIFA presidency

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AFC Congress 2013

HRH bin Al Hussein on Tuesday officially announced his intention to run for President.

Reports recently emerged that suggested the president of the Jordan Football Association  was considering his options ahead of FIFA’s elections in May this year.

In an afternoon statement, Prince Ali explained his decision.

“I am seeking the presidency of FIFA because I believe it is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to sport,” Prince Ali said. “This was not an easy decision. It came after careful consideration and many discussions with respected FIFA colleagues over the last few months.

“The message I heard, over and over, was that it is time for a change. The world’s game deserves a world-class governing body — an International Federation that is a service organisation and a model of ethics, transparency and good governance.”

“The headlines should be about football, not about FIFA,” he continued. “FIFA exists to serve a sport which unites billions of people from all over the world, people of differing and divergent political, religious and social affiliations, who come together in their enjoyment of ‘the world’s game.’”

In his 15 years of service in football, Prince Ali has established the West Asian Football Federation and the Asian Football Development Fund, a non-profit project aimed at developing football across with a focus on youth development, empowering women, social responsibility and the protection and evolution of the game.

Together with being the President of the JFA since 1999, Prince Ali has also served as a member of the AFC and FIFA Executive Committees