The supreme and legislative body of FIFA is the Congress, which is made up of all the member associations, with each getting one vote. The executive body is the Executive Committee, which is presided over by the FIFA President. The standing and ad-hoc committees advise and assist the Executive Committee in fulfilling its duties. Lastly, the General Secretariat is the administrative body (Art. 21 of the Statutes).

FIFA Congress

FIFA Congress
The FIFA Congress, the most-critical gathering of international football's governing body, used to assemble every two years. But since 1998, this gathering of the global football family has taken place annually in an extraordinary meeting. The introduction of annual meetings allows ‘football’s parliament’ to influence decisions concerning an ever-growing number of issues.

FIFA Executive Bodies

FIFA Executive Bodies
The Executive Committee consists of a President, elected by the Congress in the year following a FIFA World Cup™, eight vice-presidents and 15 members, appointed by the confederations and associations. Its role includes determining the dates, locations and format of tournaments, electing and dismissing the Secretary-General. The Emergency Committee shall deal with all matters requiring immediate settlement between two meetings of the Executive Committee.

Standing Committees

Standing Committees
FIFA's Secretary-General is assisted in their work by more than 25 standing committees and by two judicial bodies (see below). The committees serve a crucial function, as they take decisions concerning the organisation of competitions and the development of football in general. The decisions made by the committees are ratified by the Executive Committee.

FIFA Judicial Bodies

FIFA Judicial Bodies
The judicial bodies of FIFA are the Disciplinary Committee, the Appeal Committee and the Ethics Committee. The responsibilities and function of these bodies are stipulated in the FIFA Disciplinary Code and the FIFA Code of Ethics. The decision-making powers of certain committees remain unaffected.

FIFA Other Bodies

FIFA’s other bodies
FIFA has also other bodies helping to fulfill its important mission. F-MARC aims to protect players’ health, prevent injury and maximise the health benefits of the game; the Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) is FIFA's body that provides arbitration and dispute resolution on the basis of equal representation of players and clubs and an independent chairman, and 12 FIFA Development Officers have been issued the task of working with Member Associations in identifying and implementing future projects within their respective regions.

Governance Bodies

Governance bodies
In 2011 FIFA has created the Independent Governance Committee and four new task forces and announced a governance reform roadmap towards 2013. The Task Forces mandates came to and end in 2012.
  • Relive: 64th FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo

    Relive: 64th FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo

    Wednesday 11 June 2014

    The 64th FIFA Congress took place over two days in Sao Paulo on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10-11 June with a spectacular opening ceremony, a morning and an afternoon session and a closing press conference, and you can re-watch the entire event here on


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  • FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke look happy during the press conference after the 64th FIFA Congress
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  • UEFA President Michel Platini looks on during the 64th FIFA Congress
  • President of the Brazilian Football Confederation Jose Maria Marin speaks during the 64th FIFA Congress
  • FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter looks on during the 64th FIFA Congress
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