The Jamaica Football Federation and other member associations will soon be receiving advanced payments of half a million U.S dollars from football’s world governing body FIFA to cover running costs during the COVID 19 pandemic.

FIFA confirmed the development this morning saying it will distribute 150 million U.S. dollars in the coming weeks to member associations as support for the impact of the pandemic.

FIFA revealed that operational funding for this year and for last year will be paid to 211 national bodies worldwide, a second instalment of operational costs was due to be handed out in July but the early payment is being made to safeguard the sport among the member associations.

Full payment is normally made when certain criteria is met but FIFA says it recognises the need to carry out a financial  relief plan quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts, thinks it’s very humanitarian of FIFA.

Michael Ricketts, president of the JFF.

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