The world football governing body, FIFA has proposed that Arabic become an official language of the federation.
This was made known by FIFA president, Giovanni Vincenzo Infantino while marking the United Nations World Arabic Language Day and the culmination of the inaugural FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021.
The proposal is in recognition of the importance of the Arabic language, which is spoken not only by the 450 million people that live in the more than 20 Arabic-speaking countries but also by millions of Arabs worldwide.
The FIFA President’s proposal stems from long-term discussions with stakeholders in Qatar and those across the MENA region, and coincides with the conclusion of the FIFA Arab Cup, which successfully brought together 23 national teams in a celebration of football and unity across the Middle East and Arab world.
Currently, the four FIFA languages are English, French, German and Spanish.