FFF and FICG create eight-figure relief funds for lower-leagues and women’s football

The home stadium of Italian Serie B side Venice FC. The club stands to receive additional support as part of the FIGC's "Save Football Fund" (Photo by Giacomo Cosua/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The French and Italian football federations (FFF and FICG) have both announced the creation of financial support packages intended to support lower-league, women’s and amateur football in their respective countries. 

Following a meeting yesterday (Thursday), the executive committee of the FFF has announced that €30m ($34m/£26.7m) will be distributed among the 14,000 amateur football clubs based in France, in addition to the €86m they have already received as part of this year’s agreed annual budget. Each club will receive  €10 per registered player out of the pandemic relief fund. 

A further amount of between €8m and €10m has been allocated for women’s football, with funding coming from both the FFF itself as well as the regional leagues and districts that govern the women’s game in France. 

In Italy, meanwhile, the FICG has come up with a relief package of €21.7m to support women’s football and all levels of men’s football below the top-tier Serie A.

The package, known as the “Save Football Fund”, was proposed by FIGC president Gabriele Gravina and has been approved by the body’s presidential committee. It will now go before Italy’s Federal Council on Monday, June 8, for final approval.

Under the plan, the second, third and fourth tiers of Italian football will each receive €5m to distribute between their clubs, while €700,000 has been allocated for women’s football. A further €3m has been earmarked for the support of individual players, coaches and technical staff who are suffering as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The FIGC’s “financial solidity and availability…has allowed a direct intervention in favour of clubs, football players and technicians Serie B, Serie C, amateur league and women’s football to face the crisis generated by the Covid-19 emergency”, the body said in a statement. 

Gravina himself added: “This is an unprecedented initiative and represents a great assumption of responsibility that the FIGC takes on in favour of the football system as a whole. It is a direct allocation whose amount will certainly act as a flywheel for the recovery”.