06/01/2015 12:00:00 ص
HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein
Dubai, UAE, 6 January 2015
HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein today announced his intention to stand as a candidate for the position of President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
“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.”
Throughout his 15 years in various leadership positions in football (President of the Jordan FA, Founder and President of the West Asia Football Federation (WAFF), AFC Executive Committee Member, FIFA Vice-President), Prince Ali has been a consistent advocate for development and good governance. Prince Ali was elected FIFA Vice President representing Asia in 2011. He serves as Chairman of the Fair Play and Social Responsibility Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Football Committee at FIFA, as well as Chairman of the Social Responsibility Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Development Committee at AFC.
As President of the Jordan Football Association since 1999, Prince Ali has worked to promote unity and develop the sport throughout the region. He founded WAFF in 2000 and launched the Asian Football Development Project in 2012. The non-profit development project aims to develop football across Asia with a focus on youth development, empowering women, social responsibility and the protection and evolution of the game.
Prince Ali said he intends to run a positive campaign focused on ideas to strengthen and improve FIFA.
“The headlines should be about football, not about FIFA,” he said. “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.'”
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein
His Royal Highness Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan (born on 23 December 1975)
is the son of the late His Majesty King Hussein and Her Majesty Queen Alia of Jordan.
Prince Ali was educated in Jordan as well as in the United Kingdom and the United
States, where he graduated from Salisbury School in Connecticut in 1993. He also
attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom and was
commissioned as an officer in December of 1994 and awarded the Brunei Medal.
He holds the rank of Major General in the Jordanian Armed Forces and served as
Commander of the King’s Special Security in Jordan’s Royal Guards from 1999 until
2008, when His Majesty King Abdullah II entrusted Prince Ali with establishing and
directing a National Centre for Security and Crisis Management for the Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan.
Prince Ali became President of the Jordan Football Association in 1999. Since then,
he has worked to promote unity and develop the sport throughout the region, with a
particular focus on youth football development and women's football. In 2000,
Prince Ali founded the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), which includes at
present 13 countries (Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Qatar, United
Arab Emirates, Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia). He continues to
serve as President of the WAFF.
Throughout his 15 years in various leadership positions in football, Prince Ali has
been a consistent advocate for development and good governance.
In January of 2012, Prince Ali founded the Asian Football Development Project
(AFDP), a non-profit youth commission headquartered in Amman, Jordan. Under his
leadership, AFDP works to develop football across Asia with a focus on youth
development, empowering women, social responsibility and the protection and
evolution of the game. AFDP has spearheaded the successful campaign to lift the
ban on head scarfs in football, as well as the successful proposal to increase the
number of countries participating in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
Champions League from 11 to 23.
On the basis of his record of service and his commitment to unite and energize Asian
football, Prince Ali was elected FIFA Vice President for Asia in 2011. He is also a
member of member of the FIFA Executive Committee member of the FIFA Executive
Committee the Executive Committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). He
serves as Chairman of the Fair Play and Social Responsibility Committee and Deputy
Chairman of the Football Committee at FIFA, as well as Chairman of the Social
Responsibility Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Development Committee at
Prince Ali holds the Al-Nahda decoration of the first degree as well as a number of
foreign decorations, including a British Knighthood, the French Légion d'honneur,
and the Order of the Rising Sun of Japan.