Financial report presented, Brazil 2014 slots & host countries decided
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The FIFA Executive Committee, chaired by President Joseph S. Blatter, took note of the 2010 FIFA Financial Report announcing a positive result of USD 631 million for the four-year period 2007-2010 during a two-day meeting held in Zurich on 2 and 3 March. The committee also decided on the hosts of eight FIFA competitions, including the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™, which will be held in Canada, and the slots per confederation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

During the 2007-2010 four-year cycle, FIFA obtained revenue of USD 4,189 million, while the expenses amounted to USD 3,558 million, leading to an overall result of USD 631 million. This very positive result reflects the financial success of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, which has allowed FIFA to continue with its development programmes and the organisation of football competitions and events. The financial result from this period has also helped to strengthen FIFA’s reserves (now amounting to USD 1,280 million), which is required by the FIFA Statutes and is also important in view of FIFA’s strong financial dependency on the FIFA World Cup™. The FIFA Financial Report is produced in accordance with IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) and can be read in its entirety on FIFA.com.

The committee also decided on the slots for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, which will be as follows: AFC 4.5, CAF 5.0, CONCACAF 3.5, CONMEBOL 4.5, OFC 0.5, UEFA 13.0 and one slot the host Brazil. This is the same distribution of slots as for the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups™. For the play-offs relating to the half slots, a draw will determine how the four confederations involved (AFC, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and OFC) will pair off. Sufficient time will be allowed between the home and away legs of these play-offs.

Furthermore, the committee appointed the hosts for several FIFA competitions in the years 2012 to 2015. These decisions were as follows: FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2014 awarded to Canada; FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 to Turkey; FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 to New Zealand; FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013 to the United Arab Emirates; FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 to Chile; FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2012 to Uzbekistan and FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 to Costa Rica.

Meanwhile, Budapest (Hungary) was selected as the venue of the 62nd FIFA Congress in 2012 and Mauritius was appointed as the venue of the 63rd FIFA Congress in 2013.

Franz Beckenbauer was confirmed as chairman of the FIFA Task Force Football 2014, which will work on concrete proposals to improve football in areas such as the Laws of the Game, refereeing, competition regulations, women’s football, medical matters and fair play.

The Executive Committee approved the Regulations Governing International Matches, which will ensure that the notification, reporting and registration of international “A” matches is more transparent and efficient. These regulations are now pending the adoption of amendments to the FIFA Statutes by the FIFA Congress 2011.

Regarding the situation in various associations, the committee approved the following proposals:

- Indonesia (PSSI): the PSSI should organise the general assembly on 26 March 2011 to elect the electoral commission and adopt an electoral code based on the FIFA standard electoral code. The electoral commission will then organise elections before 30 April 2011. In addition, if the PSSI is not able to regain control of the breakaway league, the case will be submitted to the FIFA Executive Committee for a potential suspension.

- Benin (FBF): the appointment of the co-opted members of the FBF Executive Committee will be submitted for the approval of the general assembly by mid-April. If accepted, they will stay in place until the end of the mandate. If not, the FBF should organise elections within two months as stipulated in their statutes.

In addition, the Football Federation of Kosovo (FFK) has requested authorisation to play international friendly games at both club and representative team level. It was agreed that this request should be referred to UEFA.

Finally, the committee was informed of the launch of FIFA’s media rights programme for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, and approved the TV agreements made so far, which are worth USD 1.7 billion. These agreements cover the Middle East and selected territories in Asia and Latin America and represent a 90% increase approximately compared to the same territories for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups™.

At the start of the meeting, the committee welcomed two new members, FIFA Vice-President David Chung, elected as OFC President at the 2011 OFC Congress in Pago Pago (American Samoa), and FIFA Executive Committee member Mohamed Raouraoua, elected by CAF in the recently-held CAF Congress in Khartoum (Sudan).