The FIFA Statutes - football's constitution
The statutes and the regulations governing their application represent the "constitution" of FIFA and world football. These documents and the key values of authenticity, integrity, performance and unity underpin FIFA's mission: to develop the game, touch the world and build a better future.
According to the Statutes, FIFA's objectives are as follows:
FIFA also vigorously combats racism or discrimination of any kind, promotes friendly relations between every person and organisation involved in the game and obliges them to observe the Statutes, regulations and principles of fair play. FIFA also provides the necessary institutional means to resolve disputes. The Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes and the Standing Orders of the Congress are an integral part of the Statutes.
The FIFA Congress - football's parliament
According to the statutes, the FIFA Congress is the organisation's supreme body. Numerous articles dictate which items are to be discussed and which decisions are to be passed at this forum. As the legislative body of world football - football's parliament in other words - the Congress bears a particular responsibility for developing the game, the nature of which has been subject to increasingly rapid change over the past few years. Each member has one vote at the Congress.
What decisions may the Congress take?
The FIFA President has an important function during the Congress: he presides over it and ensures that the debates are properly conducted. After the Congress, he is then responsible for ensuring that the decisions passed are implemented.
Who may vote?
Article 23 of the FIFA Statutes: