CHARTER FOR FIFA REFORM
Updated June 2016
This is a Charter for everyone who loves football: fans, players, sponsors, broadcasters, those who work in media and who form our governments.
It is for everyone who is of the view that football deserves a world governing body that is free of corruption, mismanagement and self-interest.
It is for everyone who wants to see football governed by people who make decisions and take action in a transparent manner, and who are held accountable in the best interests of the sport and civil society.
And it is for everyone who shares in the community of football around the world.
Football matters. It has the power and capacity to unite the world in a way that nothing else can.
It works at all levels. It speaks to all peoples.
It opens doors and entrenches friendships like nothing else.
It can do this better than any business, better than governments, better than any individual could ever hope to do.
And when it comes together – as it can through football – it is a powerful and positive force for good in the world.
FIFA is not a private organisation. The people who run it do not own the organisation or the sport. They are the custodians of the sport for the many millions who play the game and the billions who love it.
Yet FIFA conducts its stewardship of the game without accountability to the two critical stakeholders of the game – players and fans. They have no say in the way their sport is managed and governed.
It is also demonstrably clear that FIFA is incapable of reforming itself. Our view is that the pervading culture of the organisation from the top down is so far removed from being open, transparent, accountable and rigorous that they are not capable of transforming into the type of organisation that players, fans and our communities around the world deserve and which is ‘fit for purpose’ in the 21st century.
The reform of FIFA into a democratic, transparent and accountable organisation is the number one issue in world football.
What we seek is not complex.
We want FIFA to operate with the same level of transparency and accountability that we expect of our governments, major institutions and organisations. We want FIFA to be free of corruption, mismanagement and self-interest and to fulfil their role as custodians, and not owners, of the sport for the benefit of current and future generations. And we want FIFA to be responsible to the many millions of people who play the game and the billions who are fans.
It is time for a new FIFA now.
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See also the Guiding Principles for FIFA Reform.
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