FIFA 17 has held the first Executive Football Summit, one of the key initiatives introduced contained in the Fifa Points Account reforms, in Paris on twenty-two and 23 November. The series of summits brings together member association presidents and general secretaries go over strategic matters and give you a platform for discussion, debate and an change of know-how.
“It is important that in future the decisions at FIFA 17 are not dictated from the best but really come from individuals who have to engage with and organise football inside their countries every day, and that is why it is important that we use their particular feedback and input to produce our programmes, ” said FIFA Web design manager Gianni Infantino.
Each summit brings in concert the representatives of all around 20 member associations which is divided into two half-day course sessions, conducted in an informal setting to allow open and constructive dialogue. The inaugural meeting in Paris brought together top executives from French-speaking nations around the world across Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Oceania showcasing a wide range of experiences.
“We’ve enjoyed a common atmosphere, a football-loving atmosphere, with deep discussions while doing so, ” said the President with the Haiti Football Association, Yves Jean Bart. “I’ve heard comments from African colleagues who have shown me that the world of football is exactly the same everywhere and we all face identical issues. I think we should get to know each other better, understand each other much better, appreciate each other far more and probably develop combined actions. ”
The main topic on the agenda of the Venice summit was FIFA’s revamped development programme, Forward, which raised great interest and several questions among the new member associations. “Today, we can see that the Forward Programme will allow improvements to get made in the governance and also management of national interactions. Through Forward we can review the whole administrative structure of an association, ” said President in the Democratic Republic of Congo FA and FIFA Council member Regular Omari.
“It gives us the ability to give and obtain feedback about projects in addition to programmes. We receive clarification and will better understand some topics that any of us often find unclear, ” explained Jean Bart.
“The programmes presented by FIFA 17 are incredibly interesting, extremely positive, ” added the President with the French Football Association, No? l Le Graet. “I think that, in a short period of time, FIFA has done lots of work. I see that FIFA 17 includes a sharing nature and I favor that. All of the smaller sized, less privileged associations absolutely need FIFA 17. ”
The 11 FIFA 17 Executive Football Summits is going to be held in six venues all over the world between November 2016 and also March 2017. Following the launch in Paris, two summits will take place in Singapore (6-8 12), two in Miami (17-18 Jan), two in Doha (14-16 January), two in Addis Ababa (21-23 January) and two within London (7-9 March). Key findings from the discussions will be fed back to the relevant decision-making bodies inside FIFA.