At its meeting today, Wednesday, 6 October 2004, the FIFA Executive Committee acted on the suggestions of the Strategic Studies Committee meeting held on 5 October 2004. Under the chairmanship of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, the executive unanimously approved the Code of Ethics drawn up by the Committee for Ethics and Fair Play in accordance with Art. 7 of the FIFA Statutes ( FIFA Code of Ethics ), thereby fulfilling an obligation stated in the new FIFA Statutes that took effect on 1 January 2004.
In keeping with the Strategic Studies Committee's recommendations, the FIFA executive passed the following decisions:
1. To form working parties, involving the General Secretaries of the confederations, to deal with the following topics, on which basic information would be compiled for presentation to the executive and subsequent decision at its next meeting on 18 December 2004.
- coordinated international match calendar and FIFA competitions, ensuring adequate rest days (at least 8) and training days (at least 17) for international players before the 2006 FIFA World Cup™
- coordinated international match calendar for women's football
- in consultation with the chairmen of the six confederations' Referees Committees, suggestions as to how the List of International Referees can be improved (criteria for selection, responsibilities etc.)
- age limit for international referees and assistants (hitherto 45 years)
- doping: harmonisation of judgments of disciplinary cases
2. To discuss the Men's and Women's Olympic Football Tournaments.
3. After 2007, the FIFA Women's World Cup will be staged in even years every four years as from 2010 to allow a space of two years between the Women's Olympic Football Tournament and the Women's World Cup.
4. FIFA Confederations Cup: The confederation champions from Europe and South America are no longer obliged to take part. The rhythm for staging the competition will be clarified in the aforementioned working parties.
5. 2004-2008 International Match Calendar: The double dates of Saturday-Wednesday for qualifying matches will be maintained.
6. From 2006 onwards, the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship will be staged as an under-20 world championship, as will the men's.
Furthermore, the Executive Committee approved the composition of the FIFA Club Task Force (CTF), the appointment of which was decided at the last meeting of the executive in Paris in May this year. The chairman and deputy chairman will be FIFA Executive Committee members Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder (Germany) and Ricardo Teixeira (Brazil) respectively. The FIFA General Secretary and UEFA CEO will also belong to the task force, as will the following number of club chairmen per confederation: UEFA (3), CONMEBOL (2), AFC (2), CAF (2), CONCACAF (1) and OFC (1). The first meeting of the task force will take place in Zurich on 17 December 2004.
- The bonuses for the thirty-two 2006 FIFA World Cup™ finalists will be raised from CHF 240 million (2002) to CHF 332 million - an increase of 38 per cent.
- FIFA will found the company, FIFA Beach Soccer AG, to organise a FIFA Beach Soccer World Championship every year as from 2005.
- The association of Niger has been suspended with immediate effect as a result of repeated interference from political authorities in the association's business.
- The associations of Ethiopia, Greece and Nigeria have been given deadlines by which to resolve their internal problems.
- The phase 1 Goal projects that have been destroyed by hurricanes in the Caribbean will be treated as
a priority and restored. A report on the extent of the damage inflicted has been ordered.
- A special fund of USD 1 million has been put aside for the Caribbean associations afflicted by the hurricanes to ensure the continuity of football business (administration, matches etc.) in those countries.
- The next FIFA Congress will be held for the first time ever in Africa in Marrakech, Morocco on 12 September 2005 .
Finally, the executive noted reports on the Olympic Football Tournaments, the status of preparations for forthcoming FIFA competitions in Thailand (U-19 Women's, 10 - 27.11.04), Futsal (Chinese Taipei, 21.11 - 5.12.04) and recent meetings of the standing committees, namely, the Goal Bureau, the Football, Technical and Development, and Medical Committees. Status reports on the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany and the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship in Japan and on FIFA's financial situation were also made.
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FIFA Communications Division / Zurich, 06 October 2004 / 2004-0111-Exco-Post-D.doc