Task Force work praised
At Zurich’s ?Hallenstadion’ on 31 May, the FIFA Congress also listened to reports from the working groups of the Task Force “For the Good of the Game” and approved a number of principles. The new Strategic Committee will now continue with the task force’s work.
The presentations of the three working groups of the Task Force “For the Good of the Game” covered a wide range of subjects. Created by the FIFA Congress in Marrakech in 2005, the Task Force followed up its first report to the 2006 congress in Munich by presenting a number of principles that have been ratified and now await implementation by the FIFA Executive Committee. The congress also approved the creation of the Strategic Committee and immediately mandated the new committee to continue the task force’s discussions.
Working Group for Financial Matters, chaired by Mathieu Sprengers (Netherlands)
• FIFA Club Licensing Regulations: to be drafted by FIFA Executive Committee by the end of 2007 and to come into force on 1 January 2008. Licence for all professional clubs worldwide. Related provisions regarding the ownership of clubs to create increased transparency in relation to ownership, finances and corporate governance.
• New regulations for players’ agents to come into force on 1 January 2008 with various clarification provisions (e.g. in relation to fees, period of validity of licences, etc.)
• Transfers: implementations of a central clearing system (pilot project to be launched on January 2008).
• Fight against illegal betting: early warning system to be used in the preliminary competition of the 2010 FIFA World Cup TM. The system will be placed at the disposal of the confederations and associations to enable them to supervise their own competitions.
Working Group for Political Matters, chaired by Mohammed Raouraoua (Algeria)
• Relations between sport and politics: draft a standard agreement to define each party’s areas of responsibility and influence. Once approved by the Executive Committee, this agreement will be sent via circular letter to the associations, who will then decide whether they wish to implement it or not.
• Elections in associations: draft a standard election procedure. Once approved by the Executive Committee, this agreement will be sent via circular letter to the associations, who will then be required to implement it.
• Creation of a dispute resolution chamber with equal representation.
• Creation of a court of arbitration at national level.
Working Group for Competitions, chaired by Joan Laporta (Spain)
The FIFA Congress listened the reports of this working group’s discussions and gave the new Strategic Committee a mandate to work on concrete proposals in relation to the coordinated international match calendar, the size of domestic leagues and the number of matches at domestic level, player coaching and the “6+5” system, player insurance, the Laws of the Game/refereeing and a code of ethic between associations and clubs.