The 211 member associations of FIFA are the backbone of world football. In order to fulfill their national mandate to organize and develop football countrywide, the solidity and sustainability of their governance structures are the first priority. FIFA supports the members in the revision and adaptation of these structures.
An association’s statutes are the foundational document on which all governing processes are built on. As such, FIFA promotes the adoption of statutes aligned with the FIFA Standard Statutes, a template for the national governance of football, and provides expert support in the process of this adoption by the association’s leadership.
In certain identified cases, FIFA provides support for the running of an association’s presidential elections, and can decide to oversee the process entirely (for example, if an association’s statutes are problematical, if power struggles are taking place, or if there is a risk for third-party interferences).
Leagues, clubs, club licensing
The relationship between a member association, its national league and the elite clubs are crucial to the functioning of a country’s football on various levels – governance, technical, commercial… FIFA provides expertise support to strengthen these relationships and apply models which are in line with key principles in the football family.
Through the FIFA Club Licensing System, criteria that clubs must meet to guarantee participation are laid down. FIFA helps to develop the strategic implementation plans for club licensing systems at confederation and national level. FIFA reviews and regulates the confederation club licensing systems, as well as member association club licensing systems in collaboration with the relevant confederation, in order to ensure the global alignment of the FIFA Club Licensing System.