Former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has been named FIFA’s chief of global football development, the governing body announced on Wednesday. FIFA said Wenger would be responsible for the growth of the game “for both men and women around the world”, and would also be the “leading authority on technical matters”, including potential changes to the sport’s laws.
The 70-year-old would also be tasked with coach education and aiding a programme designed to help former players enter management.
“I very much look forward to taking on this extremely important challenge,” Wenger said in a statement.
“Not only because I have always been interested in analysing football from a broader perspective but also because FIFA’s mission as world football’s governing body is truly global.”
The new role brings Wenger back to the game for the first time since 2018.