The election of a new President of FIFA to succeed Dr. Joao Havelange will feature as the final item number 13 on the agenda for the 51st Ordinary Congress of FIFA, to be held in Paris on Monday 8 June 1998. There are two candidates for the presidency : Lennart Johansson (Sweden) and Joseph S. Blatter (Switzerland).
Following the election of the new President, FIFA Vice-Presidents and Executive Committee members who have been newly appointed by their respective Confederations will also be installed. There are also proposals for the designation of an honorary president of FIFA.
The preceding business on the Congress agenda includes, among other items, the following points :
- A proposal from the Dutch F.A., seconded by Belgium and Norway, for the confederations to nominate one candidate country for the organisation of future FIFA competitions, rather than allowing member countries of the same continent to compete against each other
- A proposal from the FIFA Executive Committee expressly to forbid a club domiciled in one country to play regularly in competitions of another country, except in special circumstances
- A proposal by the FIFA Executive Committee to prevent more than one club from any one member country being controlled by the same company, in order to avoid any risk of competitions being manipulated
- Executive Committee proposals for an Extraordinary Congress to be called if one-fifth of the FIFA member associations so request (instead of one-third as at present), and for an extraordinary meeting of the Executive to be called if at least 13 (and not eleven as at present) members so request
- A proposal by the Trinidad and Tobago F.A. for an extra seat on the FIFA Executive Committee for CONCACAF (the Confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean)
- The status of the Palestine Football Association (which has been a provisional member of FIFA since 1995) and applications for membership from Eritrea (CAF), Turks and Caicos (CONCACAF), the US Virgin Islands (CONCACAF) and American Samoa (Oceania).
The Congress will also discuss the establishment of an independent football arbitration tribunal, as well as ways in which the continental confederations may be further integrated into FIFA.
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