In a groundbreaking announcement, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura revealed her departure from the organization after a remarkable seven-year tenure. Samoura, who shattered multiple glass ceilings during her reign, will remain in her post until the year’s end. This will ensure a seamless transition for the upcoming Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Assuming the position as the first woman, first Black person, first Muslim, and first non-European to hold this prestigious role, Samoura faced unique challenges due to President Gianni Infantino’s hands-on style. Despite this hurdle, she successfully contributed to the smooth execution of the men’s World Cups in Russia and Qatar, as well as awarding the 2026 edition to the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Joining FIFA during a period marred by corruption investigations and organizational turmoil, Samoura’s adept leadership has led to a significant financial turnaround. Under her guidance, FIFA’s reserves have swelled to nearly $4 billion, accompanied by record-breaking revenues.
While spearheading various transformative initiatives, such as the $25 billion Club World Cup deal and proposals to increase World Cup frequency, Samoura’s involvement was hampered by Infantino’s closer ties with Saudi Arabian leaders.
As the sun sets on Samoura’s reign, her departure marks the end of an era characterized by progress, resilience, and pioneering inclusivity within the realm of global football governance.