The 2016 FIFA Reform Committee today concluded its first meeting following a productive two day session in Switzerland’s capital Berne. Following the meeting, François Carrard, the independent Chairman, gave a summary of the discussions:

“The 2016 FIFA Reform Committee has enjoyed intense and fruitful discussions over the last two days. Overall, we have made important steps towards delivering meaningful and lasting reform. During the meeting we also heard from Domenico Scala, the Chairman of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee. The Reform Committee discussed a number of areas of importance including overall governance, financial mechanisms and the responsibilities and scope of FIFA’s various bodies.

“I would like to thank my Committee colleagues for their dedication and look forward to working closely with them over the coming months. I will be giving a preliminary update to the FIFA Executive Committee at the end of this month, and following a number of consultations with various stakeholders, including FIFA’s commercial partners, I will announce the make-up of an independent advisory board. At the next meeting of the Reform Committee we will consolidate these discussions into a tangible framework for future consideration by the relevant bodies.”

The next meeting of the 2016 FIFA Reform Committee is scheduled to be held from 16-18 October in Berne.