The FIFA statues provide a separation between strategic oversight and executive, operational and administrative functions.
The Congress is FIFA’s supreme and legislative body. The Council is the strategic and oversight body, and the general secretariat is the executive, operational and administrative body of FIFA. The standing committees advise and assist the Council and the general secretariat in fulfilling their duties, while the independent committees conduct their activities and perform their duties entirely independently but always in the interest of FIFA and in accordance with the Statutes and regulations of FIFA.
FIFA’s seven standing committees report to the FIFA Council, advising and assisting the Council in their respective fields of function. The composition and structure, including qualification and number of members fulfilling independence criteria as well as the specific duties and powers of the individual committees, shall be stipulated in the FIFA Governance Regulations. For more information on the standing committees, please see the pages below or articles 39-46 of the FIFA Statutes.
The Appeal, Disciplinary and Ethics Committees are FIFA’s judicial bodies and are three of FIFA’s four independent committees. The three judicial bodies are to be composed in such a way that the members have the knowledge, abilities and specialist experience that is necessary for the due completion of their tasks. The chairperson, deputy chairperson and members of the committees shall fulfil the independence criteria as defined by the FIFA Governance Regulations. They are elected by the FIFA Congress to terms lasting four years, for a maximum of three terms. For more information on the independent committees, please see article 52 ff. of the FIFA Statutes as well as articles 36 and 38 of the FIFA Governance Regulations.
Governance, Audit and Compliance Committee
According to article 49 of the FIFA Statutes, the FIFA Governance, Audit and Compliance Committee advises, assists and oversees the Council in monitoring FIFA’s financial, governance and compliance matters, and monitors compliance with the FIFA Governance Regulations. The Governance, Audit and Compliance Committee ensures the completeness and reliability of the financial accounting and reviews the financial statements, the consolidated financial statement and the external auditors’ report. The committee furthermore monitors FIFA’s financial, governance and compliance matters including, in particular, the distribution and flow of development-related funds, and suggests to the appropriate FIFA bodies any action that it deems necessary as a result of such monitoring. The chairperson, deputy chairperson and members of the Governance, Audit and Compliance Committee are elected by the Congress. Their terms last four years, beginning at the end of the Congress which has elected them. The chairperson, deputy chairperson and other members of the Governance, Audit and Compliance Committee may only be relieved of their duties by the Congress.