Before the 58th FIFA Congress takes centre stage in Sydney on 29 and 30 May, the FIFA Executive Committee will convene in the Australian city for a meeting on 26 and 27 May.
Apart from Congress matters, the main issues on the agenda relate to FIFA competitions. As such, the FIFA Executive Committee will designate the host countries for the following tournaments:
- FIFA Club World Cup 2009 and 2010 (these two events will be hosted by the same association)
- FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2010
- FIFA U-17 World Cup 2011
- FIFA U-20 World Cup 2011
Three associations are still in the running to host the next two editions of the FIFA Club World Cup, namely Australia, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.
The FIFA Executive Committee will also be updated on the status of preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, most notably with a report on the meeting of the board of the local organising committee in South Africa on 5 and 6 May.
Special attention will also be paid to two upcoming tournaments, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Marseille 2008 (17-27 July) and the Olympic Football Tournaments Beijing 2008 (6-23 August).
Furthermore, the new World Anti-Doping Code, which will be submitted to the FIFA Congress for ratification, will be discussed.
Other issues on the agenda for the meeting of the Executive Committee include the coordinated international match calendar for the 2008-2014 period as well as various legal and sports-political matters such as a report on the relations between clubs and football's governing bodies.
Finally, the members of the Executive Committee will receive information on the meetings of the Internal Audit Committee and the Finance Committee, which will be held on 25 May and the morning of 26 May, respectively.