At Zurich's Hallenstadion today (Thursday, 31 May), the FIFA Congress listened to reports from the working groups for political matters, competitions and financial matters of the Task Force 'For the Good of the Game' and approved a number of principles. The new Strategic Committee will now continue with the task force's work.
The presentations of the three working groups of the Task Force "For the Good of the Game" covered a wide range of subjects. Created by the FIFA Congress in Marrakech in 2005, the Task Force followed up its first report to last year's congress in Munich by presenting a number of principles that have been ratified and now await implementation by the FIFA Executive Committee. The congress also approved the creation of the FIFA Strategic Committee and immediately mandated the new committee to continue the task force's discussions.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter described the work of the task force over the last two years as "comprehensive" and "of enormous significance to the future of football". This included:
Working Group for Financial Matters, chaired by Mathieu Sprengers, Netherlands (199 votes to 3)
Working Group for Political Matters, chaired my Mohammed Raouaraoua, Algeria (203 votes to 1)
Working Group for Competitions, chaired by Joan Laporta, Spain (196 votes to 6)
The FIFA Congress listened to reports on the task force's discussions and gave the new Strategic Committee the mandate to work on concrete proposals in relation to the coordinated international match calendar, the size of domestic leagues and the number of matches at domestic level, player education and the "6+5" system, player insurance, the Laws of the Game/refereeing and a code of ethics between associations and clubs.