FIFA Council

The FIFA Council (formerly the FIFA Executive Committee) is an institution of FIFA (the governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer). It is the main decision-making body of the organization in the intervals of FIFA Congress. Its members are elected by the FIFA Congress. The council is a non-executive, supervisory and strategic body that sets the vision for FIFA and global football.

FIFA Council
FIFA Logo (2010)
Gianni Infantino
Senior Vice President
Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa

New FIFA Council

Following the 2016 Extraordinary Congress, FIFA announced that a new set of statutes would come into force. These changes have seen the FIFA Executive Committee changed, to become the FIFA Council, with a new structure, and more power. It is led by the President of FIFA. It has also been announced that the Secretary General will now report to the council, and will work with a Chief Compliance Officer, who monitors the organisation in their work. All existing members of the committee remained in role until their respective positions faced re-election at their respective confederations. The new members of the FIFA Council came into force on 30 September 2016. There is a total of 37 new members on the council. It came into force before the 2016 Ordinary FIFA congress.[1]

The new council will be made up of the following individuals:

  • The President
  • CONMEBOL: one vice-president and four members
  • AFC: one vice-president and six members
  • UEFA: three vice-presidents and six members
  • CAF: one vice-president and six members
  • CONCACAF: one vice-president and four members
  • OFC: one vice-president and two members


FIFA Council composition
Gianni Infantino
  Switzerland /  Italy
Vice Presidents
(North America)
(South America)
Prince Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa
Aleksander Čeferin
Greg Clarke
Sándor Csányi
Ahmad Ahmad
Victor Montagliani
Alejandro Domínguez
Lambert Maltock
(North America)
(South America)
Saud Abdulaziz Al Mohannadi
Evelina Christillin
Tarek Bouchamaoui
Sonia Bien-Aime
 Turks and Caicos Islands
Ramón Jesurún
Rajesh Patel
Mahfuza Akhter
Fernando Gomes
Almamy Kabele Camara
Pedro Chaluja
Maria Sol Muñoz
Johanna Wood
 New Zealand
Mariano Araneta
George Koumas
Lydia Nsekera
Sunil Gulati
Fernando Sarney
Praful Patel
Noël Le Graët
Walter Nyamilandu
Luis Hernandez
Claudio Tapia
Du Zhaocai
 China PR
Dejan Savićević
Constant Omari
 DR Congo
Kozo Tashima
Alexey Sorokin
Hany Abo Rida
Secretary General
Fatma Samoura


In November 2010, two Executive members, Reynald Temarii and Amos Adamu, were banned for one and three years respectively. Temarii was also fined 5,000 Swiss Francs, while Adamu was fined 10,000 Swiss Francs. Temarii had been found breaching FIFA's code of confidentiality in a sting by The Sunday Times, while in the same sting Amos Adamu was found to have tried to sell his vote for the host of the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cups. The number of Exco members for the 2 December vote was thus reduced from 24 to 22, and the winning vote requirement from 13 to 12. FIFA, however, have not ruled out the possibility of replacing Adamu and Temarii.[2]

On 25 May 2011, Exco member Chuck Blazer reported fellow members Mohammed bin Hammam and Jack Warner to FIFA Ethics Committee claiming they offered bribes to members of the Caribbean Football Union at a meeting on 10/11 May. Bin Hammam involved Sepp Blatter in the scandal claiming he knew about the alleged cash payments. As a result of this scandal, bin Hammam stood down from the June 2011 presidential election and FIFA later suspended both he and Jack Warner. Sepp Blatter stood unopposed and won the election with 186 out of 203 votes.[3]

On 31 May 2011, in an interview with German press, when asked about who he voted for to receive the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting rights FIFA senior vice-president Julio Grondona said, "Yes, I voted for Qatar, because a vote for the US would be like a vote for England, and that is not possible [...] But with the English bid I said: Let us be brief. If you give back the Falkland Islands, which belong to us, you will get my vote. They then became sad and left."[4]

On 27 May 2015, fourteen top football officials – including executive committee members – were arrested in Switzerland on corruption charges. Executives Webb, Warner, and Figueredo as well as Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Rafael Esquivel, José Maria Marin, and Nicolás Leoz all faced extradition to the United States for violation of federal law.[5][6]

Following the 2015 FIFA corruption case, newly elected British FIFA Vice-President and Executive Committee board member David Gill threatened to resign his role if Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA President for a fifth term in protest at his leadership. Blatter was re-elected, and Gill immediately rejected the position in protest, stating he would not serve in any capacity under a Blatter regime.[7] Four days later, Blatter abruptly announced he would be stepping down, and Gill said he would "reconsider" his decision to quit in light of the development. Gill had not yet formally resigned.[8]

Former structure

The Executive Committee consisted of a President, elected by the Congress in the year following a FIFA World Cup, eight vice-presidents and 15 members, appointed by the confederations and associations, and one female member elected by the Congress.[9] In addition to that, in 2013 two more women were co-opted into the Executive Committee for a period of one year by the Congress, and again in 2014.[10]

The term of office is four years. After those four years, the members as well as the vice-presidents can be re-appointed by their confederations and associations and re-installed by the Congress for another four-year period. Also the President can be re-elected by the congress.[11] Each member has one vote in the committee, including the President, who has, however, a casting vote if the original vote is a draw.[12] All members of the Executive Committee, after having been chosen by the Congress, can only be removed from their position, if either the Congress or the confederation to which the member belongs, decides that a change of personnel is necessary. For each country's football association only one member can serve on the Execute Committee. Should the President be temporarily or permanently impeded to fulfill his role, the most senior vice-president takes over his responsibilities until a new President can be elected by the Congress.[13]

All candidates for the Executive Committee should not be delegates for their associations.[14] All members must pass an integrity check before they can be elected. The integrity checks for the vice-presidents and other members of the Executive Committee are conducted by their own confederations. The President, the female member of the Executive Committee, all members of the judicial bodies as well as those of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee are checked by the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee. Before a member can be re-elected, another integrity check must be conducted.[15]

It meets at least twice a year, with the mandate for each member lasting four years, and its role includes determining the dates, locations and format of tournaments, appointing FIFA delegates to the IFAB and electing and dismissing the General Secretary on the proposal of the FIFA President. Between 1947 and 2013, officially one of the vice-presidents had to be from one of the British associations. This guaranteed position was officially removed by FIFA in 2013 but unofficially maintained by UEFA only nominating British candidates for any vacancies.[16] It is made up of the following representatives:[17]

  • The President
  • The Secretary General
  • CONMEBOL: one vice-president and two members
  • AFC: one vice-president and three members
  • UEFA: two vice-presidents and five members
  • CAF: one vice-president and three members
  • CONCACAF: one vice-president and two members
  • OFC: one vice-president
  • Member for special tasks

The FIFA ExCo met for the final time on 18 March 2016.


György Szepesi was FIFA Executive Committee Chairman from 1982 to 1994.[18]


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2019 FIFA Club World Cup

The 2019 FIFA Club World Cup will be the 16th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations, as well as the host nation's league champions. The tournament will be hosted by Qatar in December 2019.

2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup

The 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be the 18th edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the biennial international men's youth football championship contested by the under-17 national teams of the member associations of FIFA, to be hosted in Brazil between 26 October and 17 November 2019.Originally, it was determined that Peru would have hosted it between 5 and 27 October 2019, however, it was announced in February 2019 that they would no longer host the tournament, following inspection of the facilities and concern over organizational challenges. A formal announcement on 15 March 2019 ratified the recommendation to move the tournament to Brazil.With the ratification to name Brazil as host, this will mark for the first time Brazil will host a FIFA youth competition, having previously hosted senior FIFA World Cup twice.England were the defending champions, but will not defend their title after being eliminated in the group stages at the 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in the Republic of Ireland. England became the second consecutive title holders that failed to qualify.

2020 FIFA Club World Cup

The 2020 FIFA Club World Cup will be the 17th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations, as well as the host nation's league champions. The tournament will be hosted by Qatar in December 2020.

2021 FIFA Club World Cup

The 2021 FIFA Club World Cup will be the 18th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament contested by 24 clubs from the six continental confederations. The tournament will be the first under a new format and will take place from June to July 2021.

2026 FIFA World Cup

The 2026 FIFA World Cup (Spanish: Copa mundial de la FIFA de 2026; French: Coupe du monde de la FIFA de 2026) will be the 23rd FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship contested by the national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The tournament will be jointly hosted by 16 cities in three North American countries; 60 matches, including the quarterfinals, semi-finals, and the final, will be hosted by the United States while neighboring Canada and Mexico will each host 10 matches. The tournament will be the first hosted by three nations.The United 2026 bid beat a rival bid by Morocco during a final vote at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow. It will be the first World Cup since 2002 that will be hosted by more than one nation and the first by more than two. With its past hosting of the 1970 and 1986 tournaments, Mexico will become the first country to host or co-host the men's World Cups three times. The United States last hosted the World Cup in 1994, whereas it will be Canada's first time hosting or co-hosting the tournament.

The 2026 World Cup will also see the tournament expanded from 32 to 48 teams.

2026 FIFA World Cup bids

The 2026 FIFA World Cup bidding process resulted in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) selecting the joint United States / Canada / Mexico bid as the location for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Two bids to host the event were submitted to FIFA, a joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States, and one by Morocco. On 13 June 2018, at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, the joint bid was selected by 134 votes to Morocco's 65. This will be the first tournament hosted by more than two countries, and only the second hosted by more than one country—the other having been the 2002 tournament, hosted by South Korea and Japan.

Upon this selection, each country made hosting records of their own. Canada becomes the fifth country to host both men's and women's World Cup—the latter having been in 2015; Mexico becomes the first country to host the men's World Cup three times—having done so previously in 1970 and 1986; and the United States becomes the first country to host both men's and women's World Cup twice—having hosted the 1994 men's and the 1999 and 2003 women's World Cups.

Constant Omari

Constant Omari Selemani is a Congolese football administrator and a member of the FIFA Council.

In September 2015, Omari was appointed as the chairman of FIFA's Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination.


The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA FEEF-ə; French for International Federation of Association Football, Spanish: Federación Internacional

de Fútbol Asociación, German: Internationaler Verband des Association Football) is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. It is the highest governing body of football.

FIFA was founded in 1904 to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Headquartered in Zürich, its membership now comprises 211 national associations. Member countries must each also be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the world is divided: Africa, Asia, Europe, North & Central America and the Caribbean, Oceania, and South America.

Today, FIFA outlines a number of objectives in the organizational Statues, including growing football internationally, providing efforts to ensure football is accessible to everyone, and advocating for integrity and fair play. FIFA is responsible for the organization and promotion of football's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women's World Cup which commenced in 1991. Although FIFA does not set the rules of football, that being the responsibility of the International Football Association Board, it applies and enforces the rules across all FIFA competitions. All FIFA tournaments generate revenue from sponsorship; in 2018, FIFA had revenues of over US $4.6 billion, ending the 2015-2018 cycle with a net positive of US $1.2 billion, and had cash reserves of over US $2.7 billion.

Reports by investigative journalists have linked FIFA leadership with corruption, bribery, and vote-rigging related to the election of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the organization's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively. These allegations led to the indictments of nine high-ranking FIFA officials and five corporate executives by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges including racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering. On 27 May 2015, several of these officials were arrested by Swiss authorities, who were launching a simultaneous but separate criminal investigation into how the organization awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Those among these officials who were also indicted in the U.S. are expected to be extradited to face charges there as well. Many officials were suspended by FIFA's ethics committee including Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini. In early 2017 reports became public about FIFA president Gianni Infantino attempting to prevent the re-elections of both chairmen of the ethics committee, Cornel Borbély and Hans-Joachim Eckert, during the FIFA congress in May 2017. On May 9, 2017, following Infantino's proposal, FIFA Council decided not to renew the mandates of Borbély and Eckert. Together with the chairmen, 11 of 13 committee members were removed.

FIFA Congress

The FIFA Congress is the supreme legislative body of the International Federation of Association Football (French: Fédération Internationale de Football Association), commonly known by the acronym FIFA . FIFA is the international governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer. The congress may be ordinary or extraordinary.

An ordinary congress meets every year, an extraordinary congress may be convened by the FIFA Council (formerly Executive Committee) at any time with the support of one fifth of the members of FIFA.Each of the 211 members of FIFA has one vote in the congress. The members of FIFA can propose candidates for the World Cup Host and Presidency of FIFA. The FIFA Presidential Election and FIFA World Cup Host country election takes place at the congress in the year following the FIFA World Cup.

Fernando Sarney

Fernando José Maciera Ferreira Araújo da Costa Sarney (born January 9, 1955) is a Brazilian football administrator, a member of the FIFA Council.

Sarney is the son of the former President of Brazil, José Sarney.In 2009, he won a court injunction, preventing the newspaper, O Estado de São Paulo from publishing "his indictment on corruption charges". The newspaper published an article linking Sarney to a political scandal, Senate Secret Acts.Sarney has been a FIFA Council member since 2015.

Lambert Maltock

Lambert Maltock is the president of the Vanuatu Football Federation since 2008. He is currently serving his third term since December 2015. He is acting president of OFC and member of FIFA Council.

Lee Harmon

Lee Harmon (born 20 October 1967) is a football executive from Cook Islands.Since 1997, Lee Harmon has been the president of the Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA). He was last re-elected in April 2016. Furthermore, he has been a member of the FIFA Council since September 2016.On the 7th of March 2019, Lee Harmon was suspended by FIFA's ethics committee for the resale of World Cup tickets. Lee Harmon received a fine of £15,000 with his three month suspension from taking part in any football activity at national or international level.

Mahfuza Akhter

Mahfuza Akhter Kiron (born 1966/67) is a Bangladeshi football administrator and a member of the FIFA Council.

In May 2017, Akhter won the election for the seat on the FIFA Council reserved for Asian women, beating the incumbent Australian Moya Dodd, who had held the seat from 2013–16, by 27 votes to 17.Akhter was "heavily criticised" following an interview by the BBC World Service, when she struggled to name the current women’s world champions, replying "Korea", then "Japan", and then the correct answer, the US.In March 2019, she was arrested for allegedly defaming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Maria Sol Muñoz

Maria Sol Muñoz (born 12 June 1976) is an Ecuadorian lawyer, and a member of the FIFA Council, where she represents the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (Conmebol).

Muñoz was born in Ecuador on 12 June 1976.Muñoz is the first woman to represent South America before FIFA Council.

Mariano Araneta

Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. is a Filipino sports executive, businessman and retired footballer. Araneta formerly played for the Philippines national football team. He is the current President of the Philippine Football Federation and a member of the FIFA Council since May 2017.

Sonia Bien-Aime

Sonia Bien-Aime (born 3 December 1971) is a Turks and Caicos football administrator, the president of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA), a member of the FIFA Council, and the Executive Committee of CONCACAF.

Bien-Aime grew up on Grand Turk Island. She has four sisters and one brother. She represented her country in athletics, softball, and football, where she captained the Turks & Caicos Women's National Team.Bien-Aime became general secretary of the TCIFA in 2006, and was elected president of the Association in July 2014, succeeding Christopher Bryan. She was the first woman to be elected president of the TCIFA.Bien-Aime has been a FIFA Council member since 2015.

Tarek Bouchamaoui

Tarek Bouchamaoui is a Tunisian businessman and football personality, member of the FIFA Council, member of the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and was head of CAF's referees committee from 2011 to 2013.

Bouchamaoui has been a FIFA Council member since 2015.

Victor Montagliani

Victor Montagliani (Italian: [montaʎˈʎaːni]; born September 12, 1965) is a Canadian businessman, soccer executive, and the president of CONCACAF. He is a member of the FIFA Council.

Zhang Jian (football)

Zhang Jian (born 1965/66) is a Chinese football administrator and a member of the FIFA Council since 2017.

He is the Chinese Football Association executive vice chairman and secretary general.In May 2017, he was elected to the FIFA Council, and will serve until 2019.

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