FIFA will shape the future of football – both as a game and as an industry – in an inclusive manner and in the best interests of the fans, the players and the actors across the globe who love the sport. Inclusive cooperation and greater dialogue with the professional game on world football matters are key to understanding the different views of the diverse and intricate mosaic that is the football stakeholder community.
In the past, football governance suffered from a disconnect between the various actors, voices and interests associated with the game and the decisions being made on its future. Since the approval of wide-reaching reforms in early 2016, FIFA has made forceful and ambitious improvements to ensure strengthened dialogue and collaborative decision-making among football stakeholders. Most prominent among these is the Football Stakeholders Committee, created as a result of the comprehensive reform package.
The European Club Association, the European Professional Football Leagues Association, FIFPro, World Leagues Forum and other relevant actors will now come together and work with the member associations, the confederations and FIFA more regularly and more effectively to ensure actions, decisions and intentions in particular areas or at particular levels of the game help strengthen and do not unduly or adversely impact other levels and areas of the game.
The Football Stakeholders Committee will advise and assist the Council on all matters relating to football – particularly the structure of the game – as well as technical matters. The committee will also deal with relations between clubs, players, leagues, member associations, the confederations and FIFA, as well as with issues relating to the interests of club football worldwide.
The European Club Association
The European Club Association (ECA) is the sole independent body directly representing football clubs at European level. It replaces the G-14 group and the European Club Forum, both dissolved at the beginning of 2008. The ECA was fully recognised by UEFA and FIFA in a formal memorandum of understanding, which was signed in January 2008.
The ECA exists to directly represent football clubs and safeguard and promote their interests on European club football matters. It strives to maintain high-level involvement in the decision-making processes of football governing bodies and to provide a platform for the sharing of knowledge, information and services to its member clubs on European club football matters.
The Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels
The Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels (FIFPro) is the worldwide representative organisation for all professional footballers; more than 65,000 players in total, male and female. The world players’ union currently has 60 national players’ associations as its members. Several candidate members and observers hope to join FIFPro in the near future.
The mission “FIFPro supports players” and the organisation’s mission statement “FIFPro is the exclusive collective voice of the world’s professional footballers” are the key principles that underpin FIFPro’s activities.
The World League Forum
The World League Forum (WLF) is the world association of professional leagues. Its purpose is to help improve governance structures within world football, represent the Leagues and their member clubs to sport and political institutions, and foster cooperation between the Leagues.