Meeting in Nassau (Bahamas) on 30-31 May 2009, the FIFA Executive Committee, chaired by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, confirmed the 12 Host Cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, on the basis of extensive analysis by FIFA and the Local Organising Committee of the 17 candidate cities, as follows:
Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo.
The FIFA World Cup™ will take place in Brazil for the second time. The five-time world champions last hosted FIFA's flagship event in 1950.
Furthermore, the FIFA Executive Committee discussed a wide range of topics:
59th FIFA CongressThe Executive received an update on the preparations for the 59th FIFA Congress (2-3 June 2009, Nassau, Bahamas), the main theme of which will be protecting the game, protecting players and ensuring sound governance.
Olympic Football TournamentsThe Executive welcomed the agreement between the four British football associations that Great Britain would be represented by teams consisting exclusively of English players at the 2012 Men's and Women's Olympic Football Tournaments. As far as FIFA is concerned, the matter is thus closed.
FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009The Executive decided that a high-ranking delegation including FIFA Vice-President and CAF President Issa Hayatou, FIFA Vice-President and chairman of the Organising Committee for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Jack A. Warner, FIFA Executive Committee member Dr Amos Adamu and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke would meet Nigerian Vice-President Dr Goodluck Jonathan in Lagos on 11 June to request binding government guarantees that Nigeria will fulfil all requirements for hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2009. If these guarantees are given, the six venues will be Abuja, Calabar, Enugu, Ijebu-Ode, Kano and Lagos. Should the guarantees not be issued, FIFA would withdraw the organisation of this tournament from Nigeria and an alternative host nation would be found.
FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009With only two weeks to go before the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, the Executive received an update on the current status of preparations for this major international football event, as well as for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Almost 70 per cent of tickets for the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup have been sold, which is comparable to sales for the previous edition in Germany in 2005.
DopingThe Executive welcomed correspondence received from WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) on 29 May confirming that the 2009 FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations comply with the World Anti-Doping Code in all respects save art. 54, which concerns a player's return to training following suspension and would require further discussion.
Stadiums and SecurityTwo months after the tragedy in Abidjan, where 22 fans lost their lives in a stampede before a FIFA World Cup™ qualifying game between Côte d'Ivoire and Malawi, the Executive fully backed the measures taken last month by the FIFA Stadium and Security Committee (see following media release on the right hand side). In particular, it was stressed again that no matches would kick off until order and security had been ensured in and around the stadium.
Ethiopia:* the Executive supported the lifting of the suspension on the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) on condition that the electoral committee that had since been installed would organise and chair an elective general assembly by the end of July 2009.
Kuwait:** the Executive agreed to extend the conditional lifting of the suspension on the Kuwait Football Association in order to allow the Kuwaiti parliament to ratify amendments to national sports legislation to comply with the requirements of FIFA and other international sports federations. Since the current interim committee's term was reaching completion, a new interim committee would be installed by FIFA and the AFC in order to manage the internal affairs of the association. In addition, a separate electoral committee would be appointed in order to convene association elections.
Peru:** in view of the ongoing issues between the government and sports authorities, FIFA will determine the next steps to be taken to accelerate the resolution of the stalemate between the Peruvian Football Association and the other parties involved.
FIFA Code of EthicsThe Executive approved the 2009 FIFA Code of Ethics. In particular, in order to clarify the channels for submitting cases to the FIFA Ethics Committee, the Executive agreed to add the following as art. 16: "FIFA accepts complaints only from the Executive Committee of an association, the Executive Committee of a confederation, members of the FIFA Executive Committee and from the FIFA Secretary General". Moreover, art. 14 was amended as follows: "Officials shall report any evidence of violations of conduct to the FIFA Secretary General, who shall report it to the competent body."
IFAB - additional officialsAt its 2009 Annual General Meeting, the International FA Board gave permission for the continuation of FIFA's experiment with two additional officials. The Executive decided that this experiment will be conducted, under the auspices of FIFA, during the 2009-2010 UEFA Europa League.