FIFA Council

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FIFA Council
FIFA Logo (2010).svg
Headquarters Zurich
President
Gianni Infantino
Senior Vice President
Issa Hayatou

The FIFA Council (formerly the FIFA Executive Committee) is an institution of FIFA (the governing body of association football). It is the main decision-making body of the organization in the intervals of FIFA Congress. Its members are elected by the FIFA Congress. The council is a non-executive, supervisory and strategic body that sets the vision for FIFA and global football.

New FIFA Council[edit]

Following the 2016 Extraordinary Congress, FIFA announced that a new set of statutes would come into force. These changes have seen the FIFA Executive Committee changed, to become the FIFA Council, with a new structure, and more power. It will be led by the President of Fifa. It has also been announced that the Secretary General will now report to the council, and will work with a Chief Compliance Officer, who will monitor the organisation in their work. All existing members of the committee will remain in role until their respective positions face re-election at their respective confederation. The new members of the FIFA Council are set to come into force on 30 September 2016. There will be a total of 37 new members on the council. It will come into force before the 2016 Ordinary FIFA congress.[1]

The new council will be made up of the following individuals:

  • The President
  • CONMEBOL: one vice-president and two members
  • AFC: one vice-president and six members
  • UEFA: three vice-presidents and six members
  • CAF: one vice-president and six members
  • CONCACAF: one vice-president and four members
  • OFC: one vice-president and two members

Membership[edit]

Name Nationality
President
Gianni Infantino   Switzerland
Senior Vice-President
Issa Hayatou  Cameroon
Vice-Presidents
Ángel María Villar  Spain
David Chung  Papua New Guinea
Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa  Bahrain
David Gill  England
Alejandro Domínguez  Paraguay
Victor Montagliani  Canada
Members
Michel D'Hooghe  Belgium
Şenes Erzik  Turkey
Marios Lefkaritis  Cyprus
Hany Abo Rida  Egypt
Vitaly Mutko  Russia
Sunil Gulati  USA
Wolfgang Niersbach  Germany
Fernando Sarney  Brazil
Lydia Nsekera  Burundi
Tarek Bouchamaoui  Tunisia
Constant Omari  Democratic Republic of the Congo
HRH Prince Abdullah of Pahang  Malaysia
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah  Kuwait
Kohzo Tashima  Japan
Sonia Bien-Aime  Turks and Caicos Islands
Luis Segura  Argentina
Pedro Chaluja  Panama
Luis Hernandez  Cuba
Maria Sol Munoz  Ecuador
Wilmar Valdez  Uruguay
Secretary General
Fatma Samoura  Senegal

Corruption[edit]

In November 2010, two Executive members, Reynald Temarii and Amos Adamu, were banned for one and three years respectively. Temarii was also fined 5,000 Swiss Francs, while Adamu was fined 10,000 Swiss Francs. Temarii had been found breaching FIFA's code of confidentiality in a sting by The Sunday Times, while in the same sting Amos Adamu was found to have tried to sell his vote for the host of the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cups. The number of Exco members for the 2 December vote was thus reduced from 24 to 22, and the winning vote requirement from 13 to 12. FIFA, however, have not ruled out the possibility of replacing Adamu and Temarii.[2]

On 25 May 2011, Exco member Chuck Blazer reported fellow members Mohammed bin Hammam and Jack Warner to FIFA Ethics Committee claiming they offered bribes to members of the Caribbean Football Union at a meeting on 10/11 May. Bin Hammam involved Sepp Blatter in the scandal claiming he knew about the alleged cash payments. As a result of this scandal, bin Hammam stood down from the June 2011 presidential election and FIFA later suspended both he and Jack Warner. Sepp Blatter stood unopposed and won the election with 186 out of 203 votes.[3]

On 31 May 2011, in an interview with German press, when asked about who he voted for to receive the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting rights FIFA senior vice-president Julio Grondona said, "Yes, I voted for Qatar, because a vote for the US would be like a vote for England, and that is not possible [...] But with the English bid I said: Let us be brief. If you give back the Falkland Islands, which belong to us, you will get my vote. They then became sad and left."[4]

On 27 May 2015, fourteen top football officials – including executive committee members – were arrested in Switzerland on corruption charges. Executives Webb, Warner, and Figueredo as well as Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Rafael Esquivel, José Maria Marin, and Nicolás Leoz all faced extradition to the United States for violation of federal law.[5][6]

Following the 2015 FIFA corruption case, newly elected British FIFA Vice-President and Executive Committee board member David Gill threatened to resign his role if Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA President for a fifth term in protest at his leadership. Blatter was re-elected, and Gill immediately rejected the position in protest, stating he would not serve in any capacity under a Blatter regime.[7] Four days later, Blatter abruptly announced he would be stepping down, and Gill said he would "reconsider" his decision to quit in light of the development. Gill had not yet formally resigned.[8]

Former structure[edit]

The Executive Committee consisted of a President, elected by the Congress in the year following a FIFA World Cup, eight vice-presidents and 15 members, appointed by the confederations and associations, and one female member elected by the Congress.[9] In addition to that, in 2013 two more women were co-opted into the Executive Committee for a period of one year by the Congress, and again in 2014.[10]

The term of office is four years. After those four years, the members as well as the vice-presidents can be re-appointed by their confederations and associations and re-installed by the Congress for another four-year period. Also the President can be re-elected by the congress.[11] Each member has one vote in the committee, including the President, who has, however, a casting vote if the original vote is a draw.[12] All members of the Executive Committee, after having been chosen by the Congress, can only be removed from their position, if either the Congress or the confederation to which the member belongs, decides that a change of personnel is necessary. For each country's football association only one member can serve on the Execute Committee. Should the President be temporarily or permanently impeded to fulfill his role, the most senior vice-president takes over his responsibilities until a new President can be elected by the Congress.[13]

All candidates for the Executive Committee should not be delegates for their associations.[14] All members must pass an integrity check before they can be elected. The integrity checks for the vice-presidents and other members of the Executive Committee are conducted by their own confederations. The President, the female member of the Executive Committee, all members of the judicial bodies as well as those of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee are checked by the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee. Before a member can be re-elected, another integrity check must be conducted.[15]

It meets at least twice a year, with the mandate for each member lasting four years, and its role includes determining the dates, locations and format of tournaments, appointing FIFA delegates to the IFAB and electing and dismissing the General Secretary on the proposal of the FIFA President. Between 1947 and 2013, officially one of the vice-presidents had to be from one of the British associations. This guaranteed position was officially removed by FIFA in 2013 but unofficially maintained by UEFA only nominating British candidates for any vacancies.[16] It is made up of the following representatives:[17]

  • The President
  • The Secretary General
  • CONMEBOL: one vice-president and two members
  • AFC: one vice-president and three members
  • UEFA: two vice-presidents and five members
  • CAF: one vice-president and three members
  • CONCACAF: one vice-president and two members
  • OFC: one vice-president
  • Member for special tasks

The FIFA ExCo met for the final time on 18 March 2016.

History[edit]

György Szepesi was FIFA Executive Committee Chairman from 1982 to 1994.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Draft FIFA Statutes Extraordinary Congress 2016" (PDF). FIFA. 
  2. ^ "The World Cup in their hands: Who are the Fifa 22?". BBC Sport. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  3. ^ mirrorfootball.co.uk
  4. ^ espn.com
  5. ^ M. Apuzzo, M.S. Schmidt, W.K. Rashbaum and S. Borden (27 May 2015). "FIFA Officials Are Arrested on Corruption Charges; Sepp Blatter Isn’t Among Them". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Nine FIFA Officials and Five Corporate Executives Indicted for Racketeering Conspiracy and Corruption". justice.gov. United States Department of Justice. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "FA's David Gill rejects Fifa executive committee role". BBC Sport. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "David Gill statement on news of FIFA presidency". The Football Association (The FA). Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Fifa Statutes April 2015 Edition (B. Executive Committe. 30 Composition, election of President, female member of Executive Committe and vice-president and members)- 30.1
  10. ^ "Financial Report 2014" (PDF). FIFA. 2015-05-28. p. 58. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  11. ^ "FIFA Statues, Art. 30" (PDF). FIFA. April 2015. p. 28. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  12. ^ "FIFA Statues, Art. 32" (PDF). FIFA. April 2015. p. 31. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  13. ^ "FIFA Statues, Art. 30" (PDF). FIFA. April 2015. p. 28. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  14. ^ "FIFA Statues, Art. 23" (PDF). FIFA. April 2015. p. 22. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  15. ^ "FIFA Statues, Standing Orders of the Congress, Art. 13" (PDF). FIFA. April 2015. p. 78. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  16. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/fifa/11666954/Fifa-latest-Britain-to-lose-privileged-place-at-top-table.html
  17. ^ FIFA Statutes April 2015 edition
  18. ^ "Dr. Gyorgy Szepesi". Jewishsports.net. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 

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