The FIFA Executive Committee, chaired by President Joseph S. Blatter, will convene in Zurich on Thursday and Friday, 19-20 March 2009, for its first meeting of the year. The agenda features a wide range of topics, including discussions on the FIFA competitions that will take place in 2009, and other important issues such as the protection of minors or the 6+5 resolution.
Less than three months before the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009, the FIFA executive will be given an update on the current status of preparations for the "championship of champions", as well as for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa.
Other topics on the committee's agenda include:
- preparations for the other world football competitions of the year: the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009, the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009, the FIFA Club World Cup Abu Dhabi 2009 and the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Dubai 2009
- the Olympic Football Tournaments
- presentation of the 2008 FIFA Financial Report
- an update on the legal study conducted by the Institute for European Affairs (INEA) on the 6+5 resolution and its compatibility with European Community Law
- a discussion of the measures adopted to protect minors in football
- a review of pending cases related to member associations
Finally, the executive will receive reports on the various committee meetings that will be held during the week of 16-20 March, as well as those that have taken place since the last FIFA Executive Committee meeting held in Tokyo in December 2008.