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FIFA Reforms Passed: Salary Disclosure, Limit on President’s Term, Women’s Soccer


Zurich, Switzerland – FIFA has passed a package of reforms at an extraordinary congress as it aims to recover from a corruption crisis.

They include the disclosure of salaries and a four-year limit on a president’s term at football’s world governing body.

A new council will replace the current executive committee, featuring a female representative from each confederation.

Later on Friday FIFA will elect a new president to replace banned Sepp Blatter, who held the position since 1998.

The five candidates are Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Jerome Champagne and Tokyo Sexwale, who during his speech announced he was ending his candidacy.

What are the reforms?

Disclosure of salaries

This will happen on an annual basis for the FIFA president, all FIFA council members, the secretary general and relevant chairpersons of independent standing and judicial committees.

Presidents limited to three terms of four years

This applies to the FIFA president, FIFA council members and members of the audit and compliance committee and of the judicial bodies. Sepp Blatter served five terms as FIFA president dating back to 1998.

Separation of political and managerial functions

The elected FIFA council will replace the executive committee and will be responsible for setting the organization’s overall strategic direction. The general secretariat will oversee the operational and commercial actions needed to implement the strategy.

Promotion of women in football

A minimum of one female representative will be elected as a council member per confederation.

Why are reforms needed?

There have been widespread allegations of corruption within FIFA, the arrest of leading officials, the banning of its president and major sponsors withdrawing their support.

Numerous FIFA officials have been indicted in the United States, while Swiss authorities are also investigating the organization.

Blatter has also been banned from all football activity for six years after being found guilty of breaching FIFA’s ethics rules over a $2m “disloyal payment” to the head of European football’s governing body UEFA, Michel Platini.

Former France captain Platini was also suspended. Both men deny any wrongdoing and are appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Furthermore, Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s secretary general and formerly Blatter’s right-hand man, was banned for 12 years following allegations – which he denies – of misconduct while in office.

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