Gianni Infantino was Friday elected new FIFA president. Infantino got 115 votes in the second ballot – 27 more than the favorite Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa.
“We will restore FIFA. We have gone through sad times, but now we will restore and rebuild FIFA so we can focus on this wonderful game called football. We have to implement reforms,” Gianni Infantino promised after the election.
The extraordinary congress in Zurich approved the package of reforms which aim to deliver significant improvements of world football’s governing body. The main reforms include the introduction of maximum term limits of three terms of four years for the FIFA president as well as all members of the FIFA Council – a new body that will replace the ExCo – along with the Audit and Compliance Committee and the judicial bodies.
Results of the elections for the office of FIFA President:
HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein: 27 votes
Shk. Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa: 85 votes
Jérôme Champagne: 7 votes
Gianni Infantino: 88 votes
HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein: 4 votes
Shk. Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa: 88 votes
Jérôme Champagne: 0 votes
Gianni Infantino: 115 votes
See the main reforms below.
THE MAIN REFORMS
THE MAIN REFORMS
Term limits: maximum term limits of three terms of four years for the FIFA President as well as all members of the FIFA Council, the Audit and Compliance Committee and the judicial bodies.
Separation of political and management functions: clear separation of “political” and management functions. The FIFA Council (replacing the FIFA Executive Committee) will be responsible for setting the organisation’s overall strategic direction, while the general secretariat will oversee the operational and commercial actions required to effectively execute that strategy.
The members of the Council will be elected by the member associations of the respective region under FIFA’s electoral regulations, with a FIFA Review Committee to conduct comprehensive and enhanced integrity checks. o Concrete steps to increase the role of women in the governance of football with a minimum of one female representative elected as a Council member per confederation.
Diversity: promotion of women as an explicit statutory objective of FIFA to create a more diverse decision-making environment and culture.
Independent committee members: key financial decisions to be made by the Finance, Development and Governance Committees, which will have a minimum number of independent members and whose activities will be audited by the fully independent Audit and Compliance Committee.
Enhanced committee efficiency: reduction of standing committees from 26 to nine, with increased participation of the football community, which will provide efficiency while ensuring that all member associations are involved in a more meaningful and effective way.
Integrity checks: compulsory and comprehensive integrity checks for all members of FIFA’s standing committees, conducted by an independent FIFA review committee.
Greater transparency and inclusion through broader stakeholder representation: creation of a dedicated Football Stakeholders Committee to include members representing key stakeholders in the game, such as players, clubs and leagues.
Building on FIFA’s commitment to human rights, the Executive Committee has recommended that the Congress approve the implementation of a new article to the FIFA statutes that commits FIFA to respecting all internationally recognised human rights and striving to promote the protection of these rights.