Convening in Sydney yesterday and today, 26 and 27 May, ahead of the 58th FIFA Congress which will take centre stage in the Australian city, the FIFA Executive Committee expressed its unanimous support for the "6+5" objectives. This item is one of the main points on the agenda of the Congress delegates.
Another major decision taken by the Executive Committee was to award the organisation of the 2009 and 2010 editions of the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the following two events, in 2011 and 2012, to Japan, where it has been played since 2005 and will be again in December this year. Since its re-launch in 2005, the competition has grown significantly to become one of the major competitions of FIFA. The Executive Committee agreed that a share of the profits from this tournament would be reinvested in club football around the world.
The FIFA Executive Committee was updated on the status of preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, most notably with reports on the meeting of the Board of the Local Organising Committee in South Africa on 5 and 6 May as well as the recent xenophobic acts in South Africa. The executive reiterated its trust in the authorities to keep the security situation under control and asserted once again its full confidence in South Africa's organisation of the next World Cup. It took note that the Final Draw will be held in Cape Town.
Regarding member associations, the executive suspended the Iraqi Football Association (see separate media release published yesterday) and decided to present this case to the upcoming Congress unless the Iraqi government revokes its decision to dissolve the association by 29 May, midnight (Sydney time). It also ratified the recent decisions of the Emergency Committee to lift the suspensions of the member associations of Albania, Chad and Madagascar. It took note of the application for affiliation recently submitted by the Football Federation of Kosovo and agreed to put a normalisation committee in place at the El Salvador Football Association.
Furthermore, the executive approved the new World Anti-Doping Code, which will be submitted to the FIFA Congress for ratification. Version 3.0 of the code includes individual case management regarding sanctions, a principle that FIFA has always advocated. According to current WADA statistics, FIFA is the international sport federation that conducts the most doping control tests (around 25,000 per year) and has one of the lowest percentages of positive results. WADA President John Fahey and WADA General Secretary David Howman will attend the 2008 FIFA Congress.
The Executive Committee also agreed to suspend the decision to impose an upper altitude limit for matches in FIFA competitions - taken at its December meeting last year - until the full results of FIFA's ongoing study into football in extreme conditions (e.g. extremes of temperature, humidity, altitude) have been presented.
The Executive Committee will submit to the FIFA Congress a proposal to replace the Organising Committee of the FIFA Club World Cup with the Committee for Club Football, whose tasks will be to organise the FIFA Club World Cup and consider issues relating to the interests of club football worldwide.
The members of the Executive Committee received information on the meetings of the Internal Audit Committee and the Finance Committee, which were also held in Sydney earlier this week. The executive approved a proposal from the Finance Committee to donate USD 310,000 from FIFA's Humanitarian Support Fund to three countries recently affected by natural disasters (USD 200,000 to China, USD 100,000 to Myanmar and USD 10,000 USD to Chile).
Other decisions included:
- the Executive Committee designated Mexico as the host country for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2011 and Colombia for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2011;
- the Executive Committee confirmed that the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation would host the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in 2010 provided that it submitted all outstanding mandatory bid documentation in the coming months;
- the Executive Committee decided that the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009 would be played from 25 September until 16 October;
- the Executive Committee agreed that an extra session reserved exclusively for medical matters would be added to the programme for the 2009 FIFA Congress in the Bahamas;
- the Executive Committee approved UEFA's request that the August dates reserved for friendly matches in the international match calendar in each year from 2009 to 2013 be moved forward by one week;
- the Executive Committee agreed that it would submit to the Congress for approval an amendment to the wording printed in the agenda of article 17, paragraph 1(d) of the Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes, whereby any player who assumes a new nationality shall be eligible to play for the new representative team only after having lived continuously for at least five (not two) years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of that association and that this restriction would be enforced immediately;
- regarding the agenda of the Congress, as the Bolivian Football Federation has withdrawn its request for a discussion about high altitude, this point will be taken out of the agenda.