Chaired by FIFA President Blatter, the FIFA Executive Committee held its second meeting of the year today at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, ahead of the upcoming 65th FIFA Congress (28-29 May 2015).

The FIFA World Cup™ was a major item on the meeting’s agenda. The executive received a thorough report on the preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and in particular on the preliminary draw in Saint Petersburg on 25 July. Furthermore, the executive approved the framework for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ bidding process, which will be announced in due course. The election of the host will be made by the FIFA Congress on 10 May 2017.

As work on the composition of the 2018-2022 International Match Calendar is ongoing, a decision on this item will be made at the meeting of the Executive Committee in September.

Concerning the situation in Israel and Palestine, FIFA President Blatter reported on his trip to the Middle East last week and on the progress made. The FIFA President will report to the Congress on this dossier later this week with the aim of providing a framework for strengthening the development of football in the region. The executive underlined that a FIFA member association should not be suspended if it has not violated the FIFA Statutes.

The executive supported the decision of the Finance Committee to provide a second financial grant of USD 450,000 from FIFA’s solidarity fund – following an earlier solidarity grant of USD 200,000 for immediate humanitarian assistance – to the Vanuatu Football Federation, following the devastating cyclone in March. Financial support of USD 200,000 was approved for Mozambique, after severe flooding in the province of Zambezia. In addition, an inspection will be carried out in Nepal to better evaluate the assistance to be given following last month’s terrible earthquake.

On the so-called “triple punishment”, the executive, following a proposal from the FIFA President, agreed that there would be no amendment to the Disciplinary Code for the time being.

Regarding women’s football, the executive approved a new article (art. 1bis of Annexe 1) to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, relating to the release of players by clubs for their national team. Furthermore, it agreed on the match schedule for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016.

The dates of the 67th FIFA Congress in Kuala Lumpur were also approved (10, 11 and 12 May 2017).

An extraordinary Executive Committee meeting will be held at the Home of FIFA on 30 May. The next ordinary meeting will take place on 24-25 September 2015, also in Zurich.