The FIFA World Cup

FIFA is set to hold its 2022 Men’s World Cup in Qatar — bringing labor conditions and migrant workers, LGBTI rights and gender equality, freedom of expression, and other human rights issues to the top of the agenda. Just a year later, the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia & New Zealand will also open opportunities to advance human rights for migrants, LGBTI-identifying persons, and others.

Finally, preparations for United 2026 are already underway, set to be held jointly in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Though more is sure to come, advocacy efforts and negotiations for stronger workers’ rights and fair agreements with host cities, airports, and stadiums have already begun.

See the latest research and analysis on FIFA World Cup events below to learn more.

Image shows maroon background with SRA logo and headline: "Recap: Qatar 2022 Press Briefing" with bullet points "LGBTI+ rights, Women's rights, Press freedom" and date 09 November 2022 // 10-11 AM ET 4-5 PM CET

Qatar 2022: Press Briefing on LGBTI+ Rights, Women’s Rights and Press Freedom Ahead of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup

Since FIFA awarded the 2022 Men’s World Cup to Qatar in 2010, the exploitation of migrant workers fueling the 220-billion-dollar infrastructure project became the center of human rights concerns about this mega sporting event – but it was by no means the only human rights issue at play. On the 9th of November 2022, eleven days […]

FIFA’s ‘Best World Cup Ever’ Came at Migrant Workers’ Loss

World Football’s Chief Claims to Defend Rights, But Still Offers No Remedy In his last news conference before the 2022 World Cup finale, FIFA president Gianni Infantino declared that the football governing body is set to earn US$7.5 billion in revenue. FIFA then failed to commit to compensate migrant workers who built $220 billion in stadiums and tournament […]

Qatar: Nepali civil society groups denounce FIFA’s continued dismissal of migrant workers’ compensation claims

More than three dozen Nepali civil society organizations have today published an open letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino calling on him to “stop looking the other way” while migrant workers are denied compensation after having suffered abuses in Qatar. The organizations have also displayed their message on billboards across Kathmandu, including at Tribhuvan International Airport, where […]

FIFA Misleading World on Remedy for Migrant Workers

FIFA is still failing to fulfill its human rights responsibilities by refusing to commit to compensate migrant workers and their families for abuses while preparing and delivering the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, FairSquare, and Equidem said today.  Since June, following a coalition of organizations’ call for remedy for migrant workers, […]

FIFA: First Week of World Cup Proves Worst Fears

Urgent Action Required from FIFA to Change Course and Show its Human Rights Commitments are Still in Force (Nyon, Switzerland, 25 November, 2022) — Multiple human rights abuses taking place in the first week of the 2022 FIFA Qatar Men’s World Cup reveal significant backsliding within FIFA on human rights, the Sport & Rights Alliance […]

Qatar: Rights Abuses Stain FIFA World Cup

‘Reporters’ Guide’ Highlights Key Labor Rights Issues, Needed Reforms  (Beirut, November 14, 2022) – The FIFA World Cup from November 20 to December 18, 2022, will be played following years of serious migrant labor and human rights abuses in Qatar, Human Rights Watch said today, publishing a “Reporters’ Guide” to support journalists covering the Qatar World […]