FIFA says it's 'deeply concerned' by images of the Congolese Under-20 women's team training in the middle of a busy dirt road

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A soccer ball in the middle of a dirt road.
A soccer ball in the middle of a dirt road. Hoberman Collection/Getty Images
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo's National Under-20 Women's soccer team trained on a dirt road before a World Cup qualifier last month.

  • Video of the training was shared on Twitter by the global soccer players' union FIFPRO.

  • FIFA said it was "deeply concerned" by the training.

FIFA says it is "deeply concerned" by a video showing the Democratic Republic of the Congo's National Under-20 Women's soccer team training in the middle of a busy dirt road before a World Cup qualifying game last month.

The video, which shows players performing a passing drill as motorbikes and cars drive by, was shared on Twitter by the global soccer players' union FIFPRO.

FIFPRO said FECOFA, the Congolese Federation of Football Association, failed to book pitch time for the team before they trained on the dirt road on September 25. FECOFA also failed to pay for hotel rooms for the players on October 12, forcing them to sleep outside in their tracksuits.

"FIFA is deeply concerned about the recent images that have emerged on social media of the Congolese U-20 women's national team," FIFA said ina statement to Insider. "Player welfare is a top priority for FIFA and we have taken immediate steps with authorities in the country, including FECOFA, to guarantee the safety and welfare of all players involved."

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