The newly created FIFA Task Force aimed at improving the situation of football in Palestine will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, 3 September 2013, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. The establishment of the Task Force was announced by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter in early July, following the mandate he received during the 63rd FIFA Congress and his subsequent trip to the Middle East.
Israel Football Association (IFA) President Avi Luzon, Palestinian Football Association President (PFA) Jibril Al Rajoub, FIFA Vice-President and President of the Jordan Football Association (JFA), HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, and the Presidents of the respective confederations, Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (AFC) and Michel Platini (UEFA), have been invited by President Blatter to join the Task Force.
The group is set to analyse different bilateral matters including facilitating the movement of players, referees and equipment in and out of and within Palestine. The ultimate objective is to improve the situation of football in the region, particularly so that FIFA can implement its mission of developing and promoting the game in accordance with the FIFA Statutes.