FIFA reforms: Main Players, Term Limits, Increased transparency

Monday signals not only the real start of the race for the FIFA presidency, but also a significant day for the man in charge of reforming world football’s governing body.

The Emergency Executive Committee meeting in Zurich will be the first time that Domenico Scala will present his plans for reform to the members of the ExCo.

It was something that was on the FIFA Congress agenda in Mauritius in 2013, only to be thrown out before going to vote.

Not surprisingly, at an organization known for its old boys in blazers brigade, there’s been some powerful opposition to their introduction in the past.

The president Sepp Blatter was re-elected for his fifth term in June; Spanish FIFA vice president Angel Maria Villar Llona has been an ExCo member since 1998 and has said he has no intention of standing down.

The feeling is, if you have term limits, you renew the key figures in an organization regularly, and if you have a wrongdoer amongst them, they have to go eventually.

My understanding is that in his power point presentation, Scala will propose to the ExCo to bring in eligibility criteria for members — one of which states that individuals are not allowed to be ExCo members unless their national association or confederation has limits on terms of office.

Instead of the confederations appointing the ExCo members, there will be a proposal that all 209 member associations of the FIFA coins Congress should vote. And to help increase transparency, there should be a full salary disclosure of ExCo members, including the president.

Scala has made a point of not discussing his plans with Blatter or other Exco members ahead of Monday’s meeting.
He’ll undoubtedly be a key player in convincing the ExCo members to make the changes.

Blatter’s shown in the past that he’s a master of building a majority — something he’ll need to rely on to see the reforms come into play. ExCo is by no means a united body.

There are members of the old guard who remain — eight of those who were involved in the vote in 2010 are still in place today.