FIFA’s Infantino, UAF’s Shevchenko discuss prospects for further coeration

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the newly elected Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF) President Andr Shevchenko have discussed future points of claboration at a meeting in Paris, France.

That's according to the FIFA website, Ukrinform reports.

Shevchenko, a former Ukraine international, was elected head of the UAF on January 25, 2024, stepping into the re with his country in the midst of a conflict that has changed the nation's football landscape. Ukraine's national teams have continued to play, albeit in other countries, staging home matches in Pand and Germany among others.

"I was delighted to meet Andr Shevchenko once again, this time flowing his election as President of the Ukrainian Association of Football. As a player, Andr Shevchenko inspired a nation, and as President of the Ukrainian Association of Football, I am convinced he will do the same," Infantino said.

"Ukrainian football has maintained impressive momentum lately during a difficult period, and thanks to his energy, President Shevchenko will give the beautiful game in his country extra impetus, and we are here to support their continuous growth on and off the pitch," he added.

Infantino stressed that Shevchenko's status as a national football icon and his vision for the future of the game would keep Ukrainian football moving onwards and upwards. Shevchenko, who was voted in unanimously as UAF President having previously served as men's national team boss, said he and Infantino had covered a range of tics during their discussion.

He also acknowledged the importance FIFA has in supporting the UAF, and – through initiatives such as the FIFA Forward program, FIFA Football for Schos, and the FIFA Talent Develment Scheme – shaping Ukrainian society and bringing the next generation of Shevchenkos to the fore.

"Firstly, we talked about Ukraine, how the situation is in the country. We talked how we can not just maintain football in Ukraine, but devel it during the war. It's a big challenge for me. I think we can work on different projects. One of my key points is to help grassroots football, to devel programs for young generations," said Shevchenko, who noted women's football and digitalization had also been on the agenda.

"FIFA has a lot of programs that we already use as a federation, but we are planning to use them more and see in which direction we can claborate. Also, it is very important for us to have this international connection, and to work with the FIFA Foundation," Shevchenko said.



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