FIFA passes key reforms ahead of elections

FIFA Reforms

Ahead of the elections for the FIFA presidency, the body has passed a number of reforms aimed at strengthening and repositioning the organisation. At an extraordinary congress in Zurich, the following reforms were announced

What are the reforms?

  • Disclosure of salaries: This will happen on an annual basis for the Fifa president, all Fifa council members, the secretary general and relevant chairpersons of independent standing and judicial committees.
  • Presidents limited to three terms of four years: This applies to the Fifa president, Fifa council members and members of the audit and compliance committee and of the judicial bodies. Sepp Blatter served five terms as Fifa president dating back to 1998.
  • Separation of political and managerial functions: The elected Fifa council will replace the executive committee and will be responsible for setting the organisation’s overall strategic direction. The general secretariat will oversee the operational and commercial actions needed to implement the strategy.
  • Promotion of women in football: A minimum of one female representative will be elected as a council member per confederation.
  • Human rights enshrined in Fifa statutes

Commenting on the reforms, the acting Fifa president Issa Hayatou said, “we stand united in our determination to put things right, so that the focus can return to football once again, the hard work of restoring trust and improving how we work begins now”.

“This will create a system of stronger governance and greater diversity that will give football a strong foundation on which to thrive. And it will deter future wrongdoing.”

Later in the day, elections to replace the suspended FIFA president, Sepp Blatter will be held. The five candidates for the election are Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne.


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