The Ghana Football Association has continued to excel as the lead member association trialing various components of the FIFA Connect programme, and the latest component, the FIFA Connect Management System which began its pilot phase in October.

The FIFA Connect programme helps member associations register all their stakeholders in a systematic way and keep track of players, coaches and referees - wherever they are in the world and to digitize their competition management activities. FIFA Connect provides a unique FIFA ID code for every individual who has a role in a football organization, acting as a digital football passport number and has the information and history of each stakeholder. The GFA has been a key partner for FIFA in testing various elements of FIFA Connect for the past six years. 

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. 008-0039 - Ghana FA General Secretary Prosper Harrison Addo  

The FIFA Connect system is a huge leap. The FIFA Connect system is giving us a whole new level of comfort and enhances our work more than a hundred-fold. Players will tell you… and currently, we run a same-day service, so if a player needs an introductory letter to maybe go and do something, maybe go to apply for a visa to go and play abroad, they apply in the morning and then they get their introductory letter on the same day.” 

. 0040-0120 - Ghana FA General Secretary Prosper Harrison Addo  

If they don’t have a very good IT system like the FIFA Connect platform to register players and to play their matches very soon, they’re heading for a crash. Because the number of players is growing, the number of issues associated with you running an association without a registration platform like this is very risky. The risk is very high. And so, we engage with other associations every now and then, and some of them come here to also take lessons and look at what we are doing. And so, I would say that there is the willingness that this is the step to take.” 

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