Today marks the birthday of Jordan Football Association President His Royal Highness Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein. The leader of Jordanian Football who has always been a consistent advocate for development and good governance.
First named President of the Jordan Football Association in 1999, Prince Ali has worked tirelessly to promote harmony and develop the sport throughout the region, placing a particular emphasis on youth and women’s football. Jordan’s national football teams have made great strides under his stewardship, while his focus on youth programmes and football community centres have promoted educational and cultural opportunities for players of all ages.
A strong believer in the unifying value of football, in 2000 Prince Ali founded the West Asian Football Federation. As President of the WAFF, he has expanded the number of members in the organisation while overseeing and expanding international competitions for both men and women.
His time in football has been dedicated to helping more people play the game. He spearheaded the successful proposal to increase the number of countries participating in the Asian Football Confederation Champions League from 11 to 23. He chaired the Social Responsibility Committees and served as Deputy Chair of the Development Committees at both FIFA and the AFC.
In 2011, Prince Ali was elected by the Asian Football Confederation to represent the region as the youngest-ever FIFA Vice President, with the mandate to bring about change in the way the game is managed at the top. His experiences as a member of FIFA’s executive committee, for four years until he stood down in May 2015, convinced him that the organisation needed a different leadership culture and a stronger focus on accountability, transparency and the development of football worldwide.
While at FIFA, he was instrumental in removing a ban on religious headgear, which had caused difficulties in World Cup women’s football in the Middle East.
Operating with an unyielding belief that football’s leaders must support the growth of the game around the globe, Prince Ali launched the Asian Football Development Project in 2012. The non-profit project aims to grow football across Asia, with a focus on youth development, empowering women, social responsibility, and the protection and evolution of the game. Along with support from other entities, both private and public, the running cost of the programme came from the donation of Prince Ali’s salary as a FIFA executive committee member.
Prince Ali announced his candidacy for the 2015 FIFA Presidency as the youngest candidate in history and first Arabic sports leader to run for the position of President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). HRH is now running again as a candidate for the elections of the FIFA President which will take place at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich on February 2016 in his belief that it is time for the world’s game to have a world-class governing body — an International Federation that is a service organisation and a model of ethics, transparency and good governance.
Born on 23 December 1975, Prince Ali – the son of the late King Hussein and Queen Alia of Jordan, Prince Ali was educated in Jordan, the UK and the US, and served in the Jordanian Special Forces and the Royal Guard. He currently directs Jordan’s National Crisis Management Centre and Chairs the Royal Film Commission. He and his wife, Princess Rym, the daughter of a veteran UN and Algerian diplomat, have two children.
The Jordan Football Association family consisting of its Executive Committee, General Secretariat, Departments, Committees and employees wish HRH Prince Ali a happy birthday, may the coming years bring you good health , happiness and prosperity.