FIFA Reports No Doping Prosecutions in 2023 Tournaments, Extensive Testing Conducted

In its 2023 report, FIFA’s anti-doping agency reported no prosecutions for doping across its tournaments, which included notable events such as the Women’s World Cup, the Under-20 World Cup, and the Club World Cup. These tournaments collectively saw over 2,600 samples gathered for testing.

Particularly during the Women’s World Cup, the focus of FIFA’s anti-doping efforts, there was a significant escalation in testing, with 860 tests performed both in and out of competition. Despite this extensive testing regime, only one sample from the tournament, hosted by Australia and New Zealand, showed an adverse analytical finding. This was, however, dismissed due to a valid therapeutic use exemption.

Additionally, at the men’s U-20 World Cup held in Argentina, a sample initially flagged for an atypical testosterone level underwent further testing, which did not corroborate the initial suspicion.