The 60th FIFA Congress was held in Johannesburg today, 10 June 2010, just one day before the kick-off of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Following updates on the past year in the football world, President Joseph S. Blatter invited the FIFA Congress to continue working together into the future and announced that he would be at the disposal of the Congress to run for another term in 2011 so as to be able to complete FIFA’s current mission.
During his opening address to the Congress, President Blatter reminded the attendees of the “House of Football” vision that he first presented in 1999, with programmes such as Goal, which have given the member associations their own headquarters and technical centres. President Blatter also reviewed the three pillars that currently make up FIFA’s mission: touch the world, develop the game and build a better future. “Today, we find a united football family which works together to achieve these goals,” he said.
In addition, the Congress received a review of FIFA’s finances over the past 15 years as well as an update on FIFA’s current positive financial situation (for more information, please refer to the FIFA Financial Report 2009 by clicking on the link to the right)
The member associations were informed that each association would receive an additional financial contribution from FIFA of USD 250,000 in 2010, and the six confederations learned that each confederation would receive an additional USD 2.5 million as a share in the success of FIFA’s 2009 financial results.
The Congress also ratified the decision taken by the Executive Committee to maintain the status quo regarding age eligibility for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament for 2012, 2016 and beyond. This means that U-23 players and an optional three additional over-age players per team will continue to be eligible for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament.
Furthermore, the Congress approved an amendment to the FIFA Statutes to create a legal basis for the establishment of normalisation committees for member associations in exceptional circumstances.
The FIFA Congress also confirmed the suspension of the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (BAFA), as proposed by the FIFA Executive Committee. As the chances of the BAFA being re-registered in the coming weeks have improved, the FIFA Congress also gave the FIFA Executive Committee the authority to lift this suspension if the BAFA is re-registered.
Finally, the delegates received presentations on:
- the measures that are being put in place in the area of the protection of minors, including the registration of all players, whether they are playing in a club or an academy;
- the application of the transfer matching system (TMS) for all international transfers, which is currently being implemented and will be mandatory for all member associations as of 1 October 2010;
- the early warning system (EWS) and the fight against match-fixing in football;
- the reform of the players’ agent system and the work being conducted to review the regulations;
- doping control activities at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™;
- the Football for Health programme and the activities that have been carried out, in particular in Africa, as part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™;
- players’ eligibility for club competitions, which will continue to be examined in the scope of a multi-sport approach.