At Zurich's Hallenstadion today (Thursday, 31 May), the FIFA Congress listened to reports from the working groups for political matters, competitions and financial matters 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 last year's 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 FIFA Strategic Committee and immediately mandated the new committee to continue the task force's discussions.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter described the work of the task force over the last two years as "comprehensive" and "of enormous significance to the future of football". This included:
Working Group for Financial Matters, chaired by Mathieu Sprengers, Netherlands (199 votes to 3)
- 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: implementation of a central clearing system (pilot project to be launched in January 2008).
- Fight against illegal betting: early warning system to be used in the preliminary competition of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. This system will be placed at the disposal of the confederations and the associations to enable them to supervise their own competitions.
Working Group for Political Matters, chaired my Mohammed Raouaraoua, Algeria (203 votes to 1)
- 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 for voluntary implementation.
- 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 (196 votes to 6)
The FIFA Congress listened to reports on the task force's discussions and gave the new Strategic Committee the 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 education and the "6+5" system, player insurance, the Laws of the Game/refereeing and a code of ethics between associations and clubs.