Gianni Infantino is a successful Swiss-Italian lawyer and the top official in world football elected president of FIFA during the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress on 26 February 2016, after having been the UEFA Secretary General since 2009.
In his first year leading FIFA he wanted the “players” alongside him, convinced that he could make the best use of the experience of those who have played the game at the highest level. The first steps led to the changes in the 48-team World Cup (which will be approved in 2017) and the likely launch of a real club world championship. Infantino has also opened the doors of football to the use of replays for referees with the experimentation with the VAR (video assistant referee) system.
Prior to joining FIFA, he worked as the secretary general of the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) at the University of Neuchatel. After that experience he came to UEFA in August 2000 and was appointed as Director of UEFA’s Legal Affairs and Club Licensing Division in January 2004, moving on to become Chief Executive ad interim, then Deputy General Secretary and finally Secretary General in October 2009.