‘Handshake for peace’ at Fifa Club World Cup

The initiative was introduced earlier this year at the Fifa Congress 2012 and will be put into practice for the first time in the opening match of the CWC
Apart from the introduction of goal line technology at the 2012 Club World Cup, Fifa will also begin a new pre and post-match protocol for competing teams.

Dubbed the ‘Handshake for peace’, the procedure was decided upon at the Fifa Congress 2012 in Budapest earlier this year and will see the referee and team captains shaking hands after the final whistle as well, to promote peace and understanding between nations .

The new protocol is in conjunction with a partnership with the Nobel Peace Centre and brings together 'two of the world's strongest brands' according to Fifa President, Joseph S. Blatter.

The 2012 Club World Cup which kicks off on Thursday, December 6, with the match between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City in Yokohama, Japan, will be the first competition to implement the 'Handshake for peace'.

Following that all Fifa competitions including next year’s Fifa Confederation Cup and the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil™ will also have the procedure in place.