Final preparations are under way for next month's FIFA Congress in Nassau, as the capital of the Bahamas gets ready to offer a warm welcome to the far-flung members of the global football family. The Hotel Atlantis, with its new world-class conference centre, will provide the perfect combination of professionalism, friendliness and efficiency, allowing FIFA, its member associations and the confederations to enjoy a fruitful and productive gathering.
"Preparations have been proceeding well thanks to good cooperation between all those involved in the event: the Hotel Atlantis, the local suppliers, CONCACAF, the Bahamas Football Association and the local authorities," reported FIFA's Event & Guest Management team after an inspection of the Congress facilities in March. "Everyone is now looking forward to a successful event in a wonderful environment."
Delegates can expect to be kept extremely busy during the brief timespan of the Congress, with several key votes and discussion points included on the agenda. Following the President's address, there will be a presentation of FIFA's annual Activity Report along with votes on the approval of the consolidated financial statements for 2008 and the detailed budget for 2010.
Attention will then turn to strategic and sports political matters, beginning with an update on the decisions taken at the 2008 Congress in Sydney. This year's Congress will then consider the latest developments regarding the 6+5 rule in light of the recent positive findings by the Institute for European Affairs. The members will then examine proposed amendments to the FIFA Statutes aimed at further improving the protection of minors.
Votes will also be held on several other proposed statute changes, including alterations aimed at further minimising third-party influence and interference in the running of member associations. Congress will also discuss a proposal supported by FIFA's Executive Committee to introduce an under-21 age limit for future editions of the Men's Olympic Football Tournament.