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FIFA

FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONALE DE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATIO N

STATUTES
Regulations governing th e
Application of the Statute s
Standing Orders of th e
Congress

English Editio n
1992

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FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONALE DE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATIO N

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STATUTES
Regulations governing th e
Application of the Statute s
Standing Orders of th e
Congress

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English Editio n
199 2

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This text was approved by the 1992 FIFA Congress in Zuric h
and shall apply as from 3 October 199 2

FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONAL E
DE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATIO N
President:

Dr Joáo Havelange (Brazil )

Genera/ Secretary:

Joseph S . Blatter (Switzerland )

Address :

FIFA House ,
Hitzigweg 11, 8030 Zurich, Switzerlan d
Telephone : 41-1 /384 95 9 5
Telefax :
41-1 /384 96 9 6
Telex :
817-240 fif ch

STATUTES OF FIFA
Interpretation claus e
In interpreting the Statutes and regulations of FIFA the word s
"'FIFA" or "Federation" means "Fédération Internationale de
Football Association " .
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"An association" or "The associations" refer to the nationa l
associations, except where the context denotes a different mean ing .
"'League" means an internal organisation subordinated to a
• national association .
"British associations" refer to the four associations of the United Kingdom, i .e . The Football Association, The Scottish Footbal l
Association, The Football Association of Wales, and the Irish Foot ball Association (Northern Ireland) .
a "International Board" or "the Board" refers to the Internationa l
Football Association Board .
a "Confederation" is a group of national associations affiliated t o
FIFA and belonging to the same continent (or assimilable geographic entity) .
7 The "Executive Committee" means the Executive Committe e
of FIFA as constituted in accordance with these Statutes .
o "Member " means a national association which is in membership with FIFA or a person who is a member of a committee of FIFA .
o "Officials" mean all board members, coaches, trainers an d
people responsible for technical, medical and adminstrative matters in a confederation, national association, league or club .
to The term " association football " refers to the game specificall y
controlled by the Federation and as regulated by the Laws of th e
• Game .

Federation
Associatio n

Leagu e
Britis h
association s

I .ternati.. .1
F. A. Boa d
Can .
federatio n
Executive
committe e
Monibe r
officials

Associati. .
footbal l

1 . Title, constitution, headquarters
Art . 7
' The "Fédération Internationale de Football Association" is a n
association in accordance with Art . 60 ff of the Swiss Civil Code* .
a
FIFA shall consist of the national associations which are affiliated to it and recognised by it as controlling association football i n
their respective countries .
a Only one association shall be recognised in each country .
° Each of the four British associations shall be recognised as a
member of FIFA .

Title and
constitution

acquire the status of a person as soon as they show by thei r constitution their intention to have corporate existence. social or an y other than an industrial object. or deciding to organise one. z to foster friendly relations among national associations. A national association. 3 . It shall be located in Zurich. charitable. e to control every type of association football by taking steps a s shall be deemed necessary or advisable to prevent infringement s of the Statutes or regulations of FIFA or of the Laws of the Game a s laid down by the International Football Association Board.1 there shall be no discrimination against a country or an individu al for reasons of race. confed erations and their officials and players by promoting the organisation of football matches at all levels and by supporting associ ation football by all other means which it deems appropriate . Art . allows or organise s competitions in which discrimination is practised orwhich is estab lished in a country where discrimination in sport is laid down by la w shall not be admitted to FIFA or shall be expelled if it is already a member . . . principles fo r settling any differences that may arise between or among nationa l associations . artistic. religious. Switzerlan d and may only be transferred elsewhere if the Congress passes a resolution to that effect (cf . 'The constitution must be drawn up in writing and state the object. with the authorisation of the national association of the country on which it is dependent. Article ag of the swiss civa cod e 'Associations which have a political. to pre vent the introduction of other improper methods or practices in th e game and to protect it from abuses . ° to provide. scientific. when applying to take part in a competition. Beadquarters ' A football association in a region which has not yet gaine d independence may. 3. by means of statutory regulations. • II . 6 The location of the FIFA headquarters shall be determined by a resolution of the Congress .2 a national association which tolerates. also ask to becom e affiliated to FIFA . the capital and th e organisation of the society . 15 §4 (dl) . Objects Art . shall give assurances to the Federation that its provisions will be respected . 2 Objects The objects of the Federation are : t to promote the game of association football in every way i t deems fit . religion or politics . .

address the Congress in support of its appli cation . 3 The applicant association shall enclose a copy of its own stat utes and regulations with its request . through its delegates. 4 The applicant association shall submit to FIFA a file containin g details of its internal organisation and the sports infrastructur e (facilities for playing football) in its country . 45 of these Statutes for the year of its admission . the provisions of Art . Failing this. the applicant association in question may. 3 ' Associations shall beadmittedas members by the Congress only . Art. contain a mandatory clause stipulating the restraints an d obligations contained in Art . e The Regulations governing the Application of the Statutes shall determine the terms and conditions . 3 Payment of the subscription fee must be made within 30 days of acceptance of the association's membership by the Congress . 2 The application for membership shall contain a declaration i n • which the applicant association undertakes : (a) to conform at all times to the Statutes. Art . If th e • application is accepted. withou t exception. 18 and 21) is empowered to grant provisional mem bership which shall be submitted to the next Congress for ratification . leave the conference hal l whilst the application is being considered and voted upon . Membershi p Applicatio n for membershi p ~ on ons Decision regarding applicatio n conse. Membershi p Art . These delegates must. These statutes must. regulations and deci sions of FIFA . the delegates of the association which ha s lust been granted membership shall immediately be allowed t o take part in the remaining work of the Congress. III . provided that the entry deadline has not passed . 4 ' An association applying for membership shall address a written request to this effect to the Federation . 45 53 shall be applied mutatis mutandis . ° Once an association has been accepted as a member. The Executive Committee or the Emergency Committee of th e Federation (Art . 57 of the FIFA Statutes . it shall b e entitled to enter immediately for any of the competitions organise d by FIFA. (b) to observe the Laws of the Game in force with the Federation . however. of s membership . 5 ' During the Congress session at which its application for membership is to be decided. x An association which has been granted membership must pay the annual subscription fee as laid down in Art .

official correspondence both with FIFA and the other association s on all matters including disputes among associations . 6 Each association shall inform the Federation of the name an d address of the person responsible for conducting. bu t not to vote . Art . These rights shall be determined by the Executive Committee in accordance with its statutory powers . ' • Honorary and Honorary Member Art. Correspondense Art . its official hand book and all communications modifying its statutes and regulations . upo n request. ' The executive bodies of any association shall be appointed onl y by means of election within the association . 8 confederations National associations affiliated to FIFA and geographically sit uated on the same continent may form confederations which wil l be recognised by FIFA. ' . in exceptional circumstances. authorise a confederation to grant membership to a national association that belong s geographically to another continent and is not affiliated to th e confederation on that continent . ' Nominations for such positions shall be made by the Executive Committee . ' An Honorary President or an Honorary Member shall be permit ted to attend the Congress with the right to join in discussions. ' Oceania is regarded as an independent geographical entity . ' Each association shall send to the Federation and. on its behalf . it is entitled to some of the rights conferred upon the confed erations. FIFA shall recognise the following confederations : (a) Confédération Africaine de Football • (b) Asian Football Confederation (c) Union of European Football Association s (d) Confederación Norte-Centroamericana y del Caribe de Fútbo l (e) Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol . As such. to the other affiliated associations. The opinion of the confederatio n concerned geographically is required . 7 The Congress may grant the title of Honorary President o r ' Honorary Member to any person for meritorious services rendered to the Federation . ' FIFA may.

(e) to ensure that international leagues or any other such combination of clubs or leagues shall not be formed without its consen t and the approval of FIFA . • (m)generally to take all action it deems useful to encourage th e development of association football on its continent (e . as the confederation ' s representatives. etc. e The statutes and regulations of the confederations must b e submitted to the Executive Committee of FIFA for approval . 5 The Executive Committee of FIFA may.g . (g) to appoint. (o) to procure the funds required to fulfil its duties adequately . (c) to organise its own inter-club competitions . b y organising courses. and upon the latter's recommendation. (n) to constitute all the bodies necessary to fulfil the duties incumbent upon them . (i) to ensure that the representatives it has appointed to the FIF A bodies exercise this function with due respect and attention . which will give such associations the right to participate in its competitions an d discussions but not the right to vote . (h) to maintain good relations and co-operation with FIFA by appointing two members to serve on a consultative committe e with an equal number of representatives from FIFA to deal wit h matters of interest to the confederation and FIFA . the status of associate member for not more than two year s ' duration. (1) to grant permission in exceptional circumstances.) . " Each of the recognised confederations shall have the following rights and duties : (a) to comply with and enforce compliance with the FIFA Statutes . seminars. Rights an d duties . in specific cases. dele gate some of its duties or powers to any confederation . (d) to organise its own international competitions. particularl y youth competitions . (k) to appoint committees which will work in close co-operatio n with the corresponding FIFA committees . regulations and decisions . (b) to co-operatewith FIFA in all matters relating to the organisation o f international competitions and football in general . • (f) to assign to associations wishing to become members of FIFA . to an association of another confederation (or it s member clubs) or to an association which is not a member of a confederation (or its member clubs) to take part in approve d competitions which it organises . and providin g FIFA approves. vice-presidents and members to the FIFA Executive Committee in conformity with Art . 18 of the FIFA Statutes .

the Executiv e Committee shall convene an Extraordinary Congress within thre e months of receipt of such request . 2 The Executive Committee shall be the executive body of FIFA . Legislative. Should this delegate leave the conference hall at any time during the Congress. Their compositio n and functions are stipulated in Art . as such. 22 to 36 of these Statutes . ° The standing and ad hoc committees shall serve to assist th e various bodies of FIFA in their respective duties . shall be held ever y two years . The one having the righ t to vote must be indicated . 1 0 ' The Congress. IV. vole by Voting by letter or proxy is not allowed. members of the Executive Commit tee shall not be eligible to act as delegates of their associations . ' Only the delegates present and entitled to vote shall decide an y questions put to the vote . boëes ' The Congress shall be the legislative body of FIFA and. executive and administrative bodie s Art . . 1 1 Right to vote ' Each association shall have the right to one vote and be entitled to be represented by a maximum of three delegates. the supreme body of FIFA. s The Executive Committee mayatanytime call an Extraordinar y Congress of the Federation . the supreme authority. he shall be replaced b y the representative next on the list of delegates drawn up by the • national association concerned . all of who m may take part in the debates . ter Delegates to the Congress must be "bona fide" members o f the affiliated association they represent and be subjects of th e country represented by that association . At the written request of one-third o f the affiliated national associations of the Federation. The Congress Congres s The • Art . ' During their term of office. executive and adnninis . 2 Delegates The names of the delegates must be sent to the general secretariat before the opening of the Congress. No delegate shall be allowed to represent more than one association . Art. The confederations shall be entitled to be represented by thre e observers . ' The general secretariat shall bathe administrative body of FIFA . 9 Legislative.

deal with matters submitted after the above closing date. The names of all candidates must be forwarded by the genera l secretariat to all the national associations at least one month befor e the Congress. The Executive Committee shall issue appropriate direc tives in this respect . The Congress may. A retiring president shall be eligible for re-election . the report of the General Secretary. • Art . in emergencies. Art. 6 The names of candidates for the presidency of the Federatio n may be submitted by any member association and must reach th e general secretariat of FIFA two months before the opening date of the Congress . a The Federation shall bear the costs of travel and accommodation for one delegate from each association taking part in the Congress . receipts and expenditure accoun t (g) vote on the approval of the account s (h) submission of the budget (i) admission and/or resignation of national associations Date an d place of th e Ordinary Congres s Proposals and question s Extraordinary Congres s Candidate s for Presidency Agenda o f the Ordinary Congress . date and agenda of an Extraordinary Congress mus t be notified to the affiliated national associations at least two months before it is due to take place . specifying the nature of the business to be trans acted. a The place. 2 The agenda. of the preceding Congres s (e) the report covering the period since the preceding Congres s (f) submission of balance sheet. 1 3 ' The agenda of the Ordinary Congress shall include at least th e following items : (a) an address by the President (b) appointment of five members to check the official minute s (c) appointment of scrutineers (d) formal approval of the minutes . the balance sheet an d the auditors' report must be sent to the associations by registere d letter and posted two months before the date of the Congress . Only those proposal s and questions sent in time and included in the agenda may b e discussed at the Congress . provided an absolute majorit y of the associations affiliated to FIFA (which have not forfeited thei r right to vote for any reason at the time of the Congress) is presen t and a majority of three-fourths of the votes recorded thus decides . 1 2 ' The date and place of a Congress must be notified to affiliate d associations by registered letter posted six months in advance . s All proposals and questions to be submitted to the Congress b y affiliated associations must be sent in writing to the FIFA secretar iat at least four months before the Congress .

which at the time of the Congress have no t forfeited their right to vote for any reason . s Proposals to amend the Regulations governing the Application • of the Statutes or the Standing Orders of the Congress shall b e passed by a simple majority of votes cast by the delegates presen t and entitled to vote . Regulations governing the Application of the Statutes and Standin g Orders of the Congress of FIF A (1) questions from national associations and any other matters th e Executive Committee wishes to propose . Art .) (m)appointment of chartered accountants to examine and certif y the accounts of the Federatio n (n) election of the President (if necessary) and installation of th e vice-presidents and members of the Executive Committee . 4 To be adopted. 5 An amendment to the Regulations governing the Application o f the Statutes or the Standing Orders of the Congress may be proposed by one national association or by the Executive Committee . 1 5 ' Voting for the elections shall be by secret ballot . x In the case of an Extraordinary Congress. 1 4 Alterations to the Statutes . a Congress must be attended by an absolute majority of the FIFA membe r . No items other than those con. Other decisions.associations. the vote shall be taken by calling th e roll. If this method of voting does not result in a definit e majority in favour of a proposal. a Forthe election of the President of the Federation. the notice of th e meeting shall include the agenda . when voting is necessary. two-thirds of the votes recorded in the first ballot are necessary . 12 §3 of the Statutes . 3 In order to be able to consider an amendment to the Statutes. countries being called in English alphabetical order .• tained in the agenda may be discussed . z A proposed alteration to the Statutes may be included in th e agenda and put to the vote only if it has been submitted by on e national association and seconded by two others or if proposed b y the Executive Committee . Art . regulations and Standing Orders Elections Other decisions Necessary majorities 10 The Congress alone may alter the Statutes. (Such questions shall be submitted in writing in accordance with Art . the amendment must receive the approval o f three-fourths of the votes cast by the delegates present and entitled to vote . the Regulation s governing the Application of the Statutes and the Standing Order s of the Congress of FIFA. In a secon d ' . Extraordinary Congress W consideration of proposals for alteration to the Statutes. shall be taken by a show of hands .

th e one obtaining the lowest number of votes will be eliminated afte r each ballot until only two candidates remain in the running . 12 § 4) . Art . 2 Decisions taken by the Congress to accept the affiliation of ne w member national associations shall. ballot and any subsequent ballots which may be necessary. ° Other decisions shall be taken by a simple majority of the vote s recorded with the exception of the following. 15§ 3) . which can only b e taken if an absolute majority of the associations affiliated to FIFA (which have not forfeited their right to vote for any reason at th e time of the Congress) is present and a majority of three-fourths o f the votes recorded is reached : (a) amendments or additions to the Statutes (cf . • (b) additions to the Congress agenda (cf . come into force imme diately (cf . Art . (e) dissolution of the Federation . Minute s Impleno r deeiXns Executive Committe e Art. constitutio n Election o f President 11 . 1 8 ' The Executive Committee of the Federation shall consist of : 1 president 8 vice-president s 12 members Z The President shall be elected by the associations represented at the Congress and entitled to vote (Art . Art . Art . 1 6 ' The General Secretary shall keep the official minutes of the Congress. the decisions shal l become operative at the date fixed by the Congress . From the secand ballot onwards. a n absolute majority of the votes recorded is required . decide that decisions b e • enforced at a different date . (d) change of the Federation ' s headquarters (cf . Art . 3 The Congress may. In such a case the associations shall be entitled to vote immediately upon formal acceptance of their candidature . In such cases. 1 7 ' Decisions taken at a Congress shall come into operation and become binding on the Federation and affiliated associations three months after the closing date of the Congress . and if there are more than two candidates. 14 § 4) . (c) expulsion of a member from the Federation (cf . 5) . Art. s The minutes shall be submitted forverification to five member s specially appointed for this purpose by the Congress . 59 § 2) . Art . 1 § 6) . in emergencies. however.

with the exception of matter s referred by these Statutes to other bodies . a At the request of eleven members of the Executive Committee. a If the President ceases to carry out or is prevented from per forming his duties. for the remainder o f their term of office. 8 If other members of the Executive Committee relinquish thei r duties. Appointment of VicepmsidenM and members Mandates s The vice-presidents and members of the Executive Committe e shall be appointed by the confederations. the senior vice-president shall undertake the m until the next Congress at the latest . no more than 10 new members may be installed simultaneously . ' The mandates for the President. Each must be a member of the national association at the time of his election . they shall be replaced immediately. meet twice a year . the President must convene an extraordinary meeting . 1 9 Powers Meetings 12 t The Executive Committee shall be the Federation's executive body . except for the vice presidents representing the four British associations and the USSR. They may be renewed . 5 No two nationals from the same country or two members of th e same national association may be members of the Executive Com mittee simultaneously . ° Members of the Executive Committee shall leave the meeting if a case which might involve sanctions against their national associ ations is being dealt with or if a decision is being taken concerning a • . the Congres s shall elect a new President . by the confederation or national association(s ) which appointed them . z The Executive Committee shall. Art . in principle. In order to ensure continuity within the Executive Committee . ' who shall be elected by the associations concerned . It shall be empowered to take decisions on all matters whic h are not exclusive to the Congress. Th e appointments shall be made in the following manner : (a) Africa vice-president (1) members (2 ) (b) North and Centra l America and Caribbean vice-president (1) members (2 ) (c) South America vice-president (1) members (2) (d) Asia vice-president (1) members (2) (e) Europe vice-president (2) members (4) • (f) the four Britis h Associations vice-president (1) member (— ) (g) USSR vice-president (1) member (— ) ° The President and a vice-president may not belong to the sam e national association . the vice-presidents and th e members are for a term of four years . In such a case.

they shall abstain from voting when a decision is being taken t o select the host for a FIFA competition if their national association i s one of the candidates . dispute in which their national associations are involved . ' The President shall have an ordinary vote and. when votes ar e equal. 50 §1) and the dates of the FIFA final competitions and the numbe r of teams permitted to take part . Emergency committe e 13 . to The Executive Committee shall fix the venue and date of th e next Congress. Similarly . the senior vicepresident who is available shall automatically perform his duties . a The Executive Committee shall appoint the delegates from FI FA • to the International F. Art . The General Secretary shal l attend the meetings of all the committees ex officio . meetings of the Executive an d Emergency Committees and committees of which he has bee n elected chairman . t The Executive Committee shall. The Committee shall include the President. 21 ' An Emergency Committee of seven members shall be appointed by the Executive Committee to deal with all matters requiring immediate decision between meetings of the Executive Committee . A . a If the President is absent or unavailable. a The provisions governing the business of the Congress shall be * contained in the Standing Orders of the FIFA Congress . deput y chairmen and members of the standing committees (cf . Art . on his recommendation. Art . 2 0 ' The President shall represent the Federation legally. the chairman of th e Finance Committee and one representative from each confederation chosen from the members of the Executive Committee . 22 hereafter. approve the engagement of th e permanent staff of the secretariat . form standing or ad ho c committees in addition to those mentioned under Art . 22) . " The Executive Committee shall determine the venue (cf. ' The Executive Committee shall appoint the chairmen. 9 The Executive Committee shall appoint the General Secretar y and. z He shall preside atthe Congress. Presiden t Emergency Committe e Art . Board . deput y chairmen and members of the Federation ' s judicial bodies . if need be. 6 The Executive Committee shall appoint the chairmen. shall have the casting vote .

The President shall have authority t o appoint a substitute if one of the members is not available or if th e national association of which he is a member is directly concerne d in a case or dispute requiring urgent attention . Standing committees Art . The substitute must. in which case the Executiv e Committee shall be notified immediately . deputy chairman and the members of eac h standing committee shall be appointed for a term of office of fou r years by the Executive Committee . ' The business shall be conducted normally at specially convene d meetings . However. The chairman and deputy chairman of each standing committee shall be chosen from among the members of the Executive Committee . decisions may be reached by means of written communication. if in exceptional circumstances the Committee is unable to convene a meeting. ' Each chairman shall represent his committee. Retiricmien ' All decisions taken by the Emergency Committee shall be implemented immediately and confirmed by the Executive Committee at its next meeting . fix the date of the meetings in conjunc standing committees 14 ' . see that its business is properly conducted. • however. the senior vice-presiden t who is available shall deputise . 22 The standing committees shall be : (a) Finance Committe e (b) Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cu p (c) Organising Committee for the Olympic Football Tournamen t (d) Committee for FIFA Youth Competition s (e) Committee for Five-a-side (Indoor) Footbal l (f) Committee for Women's Footbal l (g) Referees' Committe e (h) Technical Committe e (i) Sports Medical Committe e (k) Players' Status Committee • (1) Committee for Legal Matters (m)Committee for Security Matters and Fair Pla y (n) Media Committee (o) Protocol Committe e Constimbl ' The chairman. belong to the same confederation as that to which th e unavailable or ineligible member belongs . ' If the President is unable to attend.

Art. hav e among its members : (a) one member from each confederation . Finance Committe e °m t róni for the FIFA world cup 15 . (c) and (d) shall be appointed a t the recommendation of the national associations concerned . tion with the General Secretary and report to the Executive Committee on its work. however. The members mentioned under (b). Art . (c) one member from the national association which has bee n assigned to organise the next World Cup . an ad hoc committee for emergencies . wherever necessary. 4 Each committee may appoint a sub-committee (bureau) and . deputy chairman and at least two of the members shall be selected from among the members o f the Executive Committee . deputy chairman and the number of members deemed necessary . z The Committee shall be responsible for the organisation of th e FIFA World Cup in accordance with the regulations governing the competition . • (b) to advise the Executive Committee on the management o f property . 3 The Committee shall be responsible for the production an d publication of an official report on the FIFA World Cup . They shall be chosen from among th e members of the Executive Committee . The chairman. deputy chairman and three members. (d) to supervise the financial accounts of the committees and t o authorise the General Secretary to make the payments. (c) to prepare the budget of the Executive Committee and to exam ine those of the various standing and ad hoc committees and t o submit them for approval to the Executive Committee . The Committee shall. 3 The duties of the Committee shall b e (a) to control the financial administration of the Federation . afte r verification . • (d) one member from the national association which has bee n assigned to organise the subsequent World Cup. each one of the five belonging to a different confederation . 23 ' The Finance Committee shall consist of a chairman. The Committee shall be empowered to submit to the Executiv e Committee proposals for amendments which it considers should be made to the competition regulations . (b) one member from the national association which organised th e last World Cup . 24 ' The Organising Committee forthe FIFA World Cup shall consist of a chairman.

They shall be appointed after nomination by th e national associations concerned . It shall. however. 2 5 Commneé ' The Organising Committee for the Olympic Football Tournafortne ment shall consist of a chairman. The • Committee shall be empowered to submit to the Executive Committee proposals for amendments which it considers should b e made to the tournament regulations . a The Committee shall be responsible for the production an d publication of an official report for each competition it organises . ' The Committee shall be responsible for the organisation of th e Olympic Football Tournament in accordance with the special regulations governing the competition and the Olympic Charter . The Committee shall be responsible for the organisation of : (a) the World Youth Championshi p (b) the U-17 World Championshi p in accordance with the special regulations governing these compe titions . a deputychairman and the number of members deemed necessary . s The Committee shall be responsible for the production an d publication of an official report on the Olympic Football Tourna ment . 2 Its duties shall be : ' . Art . have among it s Football Tournament members : (a) one member from each confederation . a deputy chairman and the number of members deeme d competitions necessary . 2 6 Committee The Committee for FIFA Youth Competitions shall consist of a for FIFA Youth chairman. (b) one member from each of the national associations which ha s been assigned to organise one of the forthcoming FIFA youth competitions . Art. It shall. however. have among its members : (a) one member from each confederation . He shall be appointed at the recommendation of the national association concerned . side Football 16 The Committee for Five-a-side Football (or Indoor Football an d thus called hereafter) shall consist of achairman. Art . (b) one member from the national association which has been assigned to organise the next Olympic Games . 2 7 Committee for Fivea. The Committee shall be empowered to submit to the Executive Committee proposals for amendments it considers should b e made to the competition regulations . deputy chairman and the numbe r Olympic of members deemed necessary .

' The Committee shall be responsible for the production an d publication of an official report for each competition it organises . (b) to propose to the Executive Committee any measures deeme d necessary to promote the development of women ' s football . (d) to compile a list of referees qualified to supervise internationa l matches from among the nominations submitted by the nation al associations . (a) to draw up the Laws of the Game for this type of football . 2 Its duties shall be : (a) to make decisions and interpretations regarding the applicatio n of the Laws of the Game . (c) to organise a women 's football world competition from time to time . (c) to make decisions regarding the application of the Laws of th e Game . (e) to appoint the referees for matches in competitions organise d by FIFA or for any other matches or tournaments. wheneve r requested to do so . ¡°. (e) to deal with all matters involving indoor football . deputy chairman and the number of members deemed necessary . 2s ' The Referees' Committee shall consist of a chairman. (b) to approve the official translation of these Laws of the Game . 2 8 ' The Committee for Women ' s Football shall consist of a chairman. (f) to establish uniformity in methods of refereeing and implementation of the Laws for world-wide use . deputy chairman and the number of members deemed necessary. Art . • (b) to approve the official translation of the Laws of the Game .m itWe Footbl i Co rinm es ' 17 . wit h each confederation being represented . s Its duties shall be : (a) to deal with all matters regarding women's football . (d) to propose to the Executive Committee any measures deeme d necessary to ensure the control of indoor football . • Art . s The Committee shall be responsible for the production an d publication of an official report for each competition it organises . (c) to propose to the Executive Committee the amendments to th e Laws of the Game to be submitted to the International Footbal l Association Board . (f) to organise an indoor football world competition from time to time .

(1) to recommend coaches. (k) to draw up a list of instructors and lecturers capable of conduct ing courses for referees . deputy chairman and the number of members deemed necessary . (m)to ensure that each national association has a properly consti tuted Referees' Committee and ascertain that these commit tees function satisfactorily. 3 0 Tech. 31 ' The Sports Medical Committee shall consist of a chairman. (b) to take all possible measures to improve the qualifications o f coaches . Art . (g) to provide the assistance necessary for the production of didactic films . ' Art . deputy chairman and the number of members deemed necessary . trainers. (m)to examine any problems concerning football pitches . (g) to draw up inspection standards for referees to be used equall y by every national association . (1) to prepare and produce useful didactic material on refereeing . (i) to organise courses for international referees and referee instructors .„cai Committee Meari Committee 18 The Technical Committee shall consist of a chairman. (i) to issue a memorandum from time to time regarding technica l assistance and grants which have been given or are to be give n • towards any development project. (k) to be responsible for editing the technical section of official FIF A publications . instructors ortrainers to national asso ciations and at the associations' request . ' Its duties shall be : (a) to advance training methods . (h) to deal with all matters concerning the construction of installations and the availability of equipment to teach football . (d) to take all possible measures to promote familiarisation wit h and experience in teaching football . (h) to approve the editing of the section "Laws of the Game" i n official FIFA publications . coaches and referees . . (c) to resolve questions on the theory and practice of football . trainers . coaches and administrators in conjunction with national associ ations and confederations . (e) to organise courses and conferences for instructors. (f) to compile material on teaching and coaching techniques for players. all of whom shall be very well versed in medicine .

(d) to draw up a guide for players to improve their athletic ability . (b) to develop and use scientific experience in the fields of physiology. (c) to ensure that the definitions drawn up by FIFA regarding th e status of players are observed . (h) to issue instructions regarding medical facilities to be mad e available at international matches and tournaments . the following sanctions may b e directly imposed upon clubs. (k) to draw up regulations on doping control in FIFA competition s for the Executive Committee and check regularly that they ar e being observed . • (f) to prepare memoranda on diet and nourishment for players . coaches an d players : Players ' swa n Committee 19 . • (b) to advise the Executive Committee on the interpretation of th e FIFA Statutes and the regulations regarding the eligibility. members. statu s or transfer of players . 2 Its duties shall be : (a) to examine general problems regarding the status of players . medicaments. giving appropriate recommendations . deputy chairman and the number of members deemed necessa rY• with each confederation being represented . (i) to investigate types of injuries suffered during football matche s and to issue recommendations for improved prevention o r treatment of such injuries . Its duties shall be : (a) toactasan advisory board forthe FIFA Executive Committee o n every aspect of medicine. (e) to prepare memoranda for trainers and coaches on the physica l preparation of football players . in this connection. 3 2 ' The Players' Status Committee shall consist of a chairman. (g) to prepare memoranda on general aspects of sports hygien e and. physiology and hygiene . the effects of certain substances on the bod y (alcohol. medical supervision. psychology an d hygiene . drugs etc .) . (e) to investigate and decide upon disputed transfers submitted to FIFA in compliance with the special provisions governing thi s matter . Art . in particular. training theories. physical fitness and performance capacity . players an d referees . (d) to decide the status of players for the different competition s organised at international level . officials. nicotine. (c) to draw up a medical guide for use by coaches.

(b) to investigate every possible way of improving security at foot ball matches . z Its duties shall be : (a) to take counsel. all of whom shall have legal qualifications . deputy chairman and the number of members deemed necessary . e An appeal may be lodged with the Executive Committee agains t any decision taken by the Committee as described under (d) and (e ) above . – a cautio n – a censure – a fin e – a suspension . (d) the Press Officer of FIFA . ° Coaches shall be classified as players as far as status is con cerned . only with cases submitted via the national associations . in principle. (c) the chairman of the Committee for Legal Matters . Art . (b) to follow the development of the Statutes and regulation s which govern FIFA and propose to the Executive Committe e any amendment which the Committee deems useful . (c) to deal with every aspect of fair play in its widest sense . • (b) the president of each confederation . disputes or enquiries submitted to the Committee . ' . 3 4 The Committee for Security Matters and Fair Play shall consis t of a chairman. Art. as the case may be. (C) to check the statutes and regulations governing affiliated asso ciations. and to recommend that the Exec utive Committee intervene to bring about any desired amendments . s The Committee shall deal. (d) to propose different kinds of campaigns designed to promot e fair play. deputy chairman and the following members : (a) the chairman of each of the organising committees of FIF A competitions . 33 Committee for Legal Matters Committee for Security Matters and Fair Play 20 • ' The Committee for Legal Matters shall consist of a chairman . z Its duties shall be the following : (a) to examine generally every aspect of security inside the stadi a and in the immediate vicinity . give advice and adopt a position on all cases . to ensure that they are realised and to follow up th e results .

and the Press Officer of FIFA. (b) the Appeal Committee . Art . (b) to develop proposals regarding FIFA publications and. to prepare and carr y out the accreditation procedure for media representatives an d to supervise the organisation of the media . x Its duties shall be : (a) to deal with all matters of protocol during FIFA competitions an d conventions or other events in which FIFA is involved . Disciplinar y committee 21 . 2 The function of this body shall be governed by regulation s drawn up by the Executive Committee. At the suggestion of the Committee. Jadiciai bodies Art . Art . assist in their conception and preparation . to draw up the terms of reference . deputy chairman and the number of members deemed necessary . 3 8 ' The Disciplinary Committee shall consist of a chairman. which will also elaborate a list of disciplinary measures . 35 'TheMedia Committee shall consist ofachairman. 3 6 ' The Protocol Committee shall consist of a chairman. deputychairman. if need be. Media committe e Protoco co l mmit e e Judicial bodies Art . • (c) to advise the respective organising committees regarding th e conditions for the organisation of work by the media at FIF A events . (d) to work in conjunction with international organisations of th e media . the Genera l Secretary may convene co-opted members for special duties for a limited period . (b) to draw up relevant proposals for the Executive Committee . deputy chairman and the number of members deemed necessary . the number of members deemed necessary. The chairman shall have legal qualifications . 3 7 • The judicial bodies of FIFA in respect of competitions organised by FIFA shall be : (a) the Disciplinary Committee . z Its duties shall be : (a) to advise the general secretariat and FIFA committees on mat ters involving public relations and work with the news media .

publicity an d technical work . members. Th e chairman shall have legal qualifications . . a The Disciplinary Committee shall base its decisions on the List of Disciplinary Measures drawn up by the Executive Committee (cf. regulations and instructions. ' He shall be appointed on the basis of an individual legal agree ment. ' It shall hear appeals lodged against decisions by the Disciplinary Committee which are not irrevocable according to FIFA regulations . deput y Committee ' chairman and the number of members deemed necessary . clubs. 42 and 59) • Art. ' It may be called upon to carry out administrative. however. Art. (b) the execution of decisions taken by the Executive Committee . (c) the production of the minutes of the meetings of the Executiv e Committee. or for any action violating the spirit o r letter of the Laws of the Game . Art . the standing and ad hoc committees . 32 ) — the suspension and expulsion of national associations (cf . §2) . a He shall be responsible for: (a) managing and keeping the accounts of the Federation . 3 9 The Appeal Committee shall consist of a chairman. or any violation of decision s reached by a body of FIFA. General secretaria t Art . e Disciplinary powers are. ' The Disciplinary Committee may sanction national associations . coaches or players for any breach of FIFA Statutes. officials. • Art . 40 5eC e anal ' The general secretariat of the Federation shall be a permanen t administrative body. exclusively reserved to th e other competent bodies of FIFA in respect of : — the status and transfer of players (cf . (d) the correspondence of the Federation . 41 General Secretary aesponsb biftlas 22 ' The General Secretaryshall be the chief executive of the perma nent secretariat of the Federation . ' Decisions pronounced by the Appeal Committee shall be irrevocable and binding on all the parties concerned . "The function of the Appeal Committee and the procedure to b e followed shall be contained in special regulations drawn up by the Executive Committee .

Art . 43 ' The financial period of the Federation shall be four years and shall begin on 1 January preceding the final round of each FIF A World Cup . The suspension may onl y • have effect until the next Congress at the latest and may then onl y be prolonged by a decision taken by a three-fourths majority of th e votes made at that Congress . Moreover. such a sanction may b e imposed by the Executive Committee . This shall be due on 1 January each year . 4 5 ' Each national association shall pay a standard annual subscription . Art . 4 4 ' The Congress shall appoint a firm of chartered accountants to examine the accounts of the Federation after the accounts hav e been approved by the Finance Committee . in emergencies. suspended national associations may not entertain footballing contacts with other members . 2 Intermediate balance sheets shall be drawn up on 31 Decembe r of every year . However. V. ' National associations must take part in FIFA competitions . 2 A national association that has been suspended shall forfeit it s right to vote at the Congress until the sanction has been lifted . Finances Art. nation al associations. The provision contained in Art . penalties to of right VI . National associations which do not participate in at leasttwo of an y FIFA competitions for a period of two years running shall be sus pended from voting at the Congress until they have fullfilled thei r obligations in this respect . Suspensions of national association s Art. (f) the organisation of the general secretariat . 45 §3 of these Statutes is no t subject to the foregoing paragraph . Financia l Auditors än cnl ptio n 23 . organisations and committees . 4 2 ' Only the Congress shall be competent to suspend a national association . (e) relations among the Federation and the confederations. (g) the appointment of the staff in the general secretariat . The appointment shal l be for four years . 1 The accountants ' reports shall be submitted to the Congress .

Television and radio transmission s Television and radio transmissions 24 Art . 4 §2 of the Regulations governing the Application of the Statutes) the association o f the country in which the match is being played shall pay the Federation a share of the gross receipts from the match . 3 An association which has not paid its subscription by 1 April i n any year shall automatically be suspended. its member associations. Art. • VII . 47 ' FIFA. in particular. a The provisions for implementation of this article are contained i n special regulations drawn up by the Executive Committee. • . 4 6 Low Minimum contribution concederations'rigma For every internationalmatch — includingfriendlymatches. Art . deferred o r as excerpts . The amount and method of payment shal l be regulated by their statutes.tour naments and all the matches of the Olympic Football Tournament— played between two national " A " teams (cf . These regulations shall also prescribe the amount representing th e minimum contribution due to FIFA from the proceeds of matche s subjected to a levy . ' The Executive Committee shall decide on the use of the rights in accordance with the exisiting statutes and regulations of th e respective confederations . z The amount due and method of payment shall be laid down i n the Regulations governing the Application of the Statutes of FIFA. settle the rights and obligations arising from th e international use and broadcasting of televised pictures among th e owners of the rights and other national associations . ' The amount of the annual subscription shall be determined b y the Congress every four years following the recommendation o f the Executive Committee . especially if the match in questio n involves two national teams from different confederations. whic h shall. ' The confederations are authorised to levy à share in addition t o that demanded by FIFA. confederations and clubs own the exclusive rights to broadcasts and transmissions of events coming under their respective jurisdiction via any audiovisual an d sound broadcasting media whatsoever—whether live. the suspension shall b e lifted . It shall be the same for every nationa l association . A s soon as the subscription has been paid. unless it produces a valid reason which is acceptable to the Executive Committee .

official correspondence and communications . the rules of which mus t be approved by the Federation. provided they arrange for their speeches to be translate d into one of the seven aforementioned languages . 49 ' The organisation of international competitions among teams representing national associations must be approved by the Executive Committee of the Federation . men 's Authoritativ e text IX. "The Congress may dispense with any one of these seven lan guages providing none of the delegates objects . a In the case of any divergence in the interpretation of the French. Spanish and German . may be left to or delegated to th e • confederations . Russian. VIII . regulations. decisions or communications. the English text shall b e regarded as authoritative . ' Each national association shall be responsible for its own trans lation . ' English. Spanish. International competition s Art . Arabic and Portuguese are the official languages of the Congress . 46 of these Statutes . French. ' International competitions among club teams and/or teams rep resenting leagues must be approved by the Executive Committe e of the Federation. The latter shall be responsible for ensuring tha t such competitions do not conflict with national competitions o f affiliated associations. Spanish or German translation of the Federatio n' s Statutes. Delegates may address the Congress in their own lan guage. These rules must contain provisions regarding disciplinary action and the levy due to the Federation in accordanc e with Art. Translations shal l be made by interpreters officially accredited by the Executive Com mittee . 4 8 ' The official languages of the Federation are English. Official languages Art . ' The authorisation of the Executive Committee of the Federatio n is necessary for matches between representative teams of confed erations (such as selected teams. French. English is the standard language for th e minutes. who may leave or delegate its responsibilities t o the confederations . champion teams) and repre - Organisatio n international competition s 25 . 5 Official decisions of the Congress or the Executive Committee and communications from the general secretariat shall be issued in each of the four official languages . German. Official language s The n co greee officia l decisions and state. ' The organisation of such competitions.

e International matches organised between representativ e teams of national associations must be notified to the secretariat of the Federation. ' National associations shall not be allowed to form groups with out special permission from the Federation . once the date has been fixed . Suc h matches may not assume the status of a competition or champion ship without special permission from the Executive Committee o f the Federation . 50 Final rounds of the Federation's competitions Prohibited contacts ' The venue of the final round of competitions organised by th e Federation shall be designated by the Executive Committee so tha t the contests shall not be staged on the same continent on two successive occasions . 2 Associations. ' Affiliated national associations and their clubs shall not be per mitted to play matches against teams consisting of players who d o not belong to a club or league affiliated to a national association . They shall regulate the meth od of payment and allocation . without the Federation's consent . Art . 52 Unauthorised membershi p prohibited 26 'Associations. 5 1 Affiliated associations and their clubs shall not be permitted t o play matches or entertain other sports contacts with association s which are not affiliated to FIFA or with clubs belonging to them . Furthermore. leagues or clubs established within the territory o f a national association affiliated to the Federation shall not be permitted to become members of another national association withou t the approval of the Federation and the national association i n whose territory they were founded . °MembersoftheFederationmaynotplaymatchesontheterritory of another national association without the consent of the latter . ' Art . Art. the national associations selected must be in a position to guarantee that the competition wil l be organised in accordance with the sports rules and financia l regulations governing it. leagues or clubs established within a territory o r country where there is no association affiliated to the Federatio n shall not be permitted to become members of a national association in another country without the consent of the Federation . • . ' The regulations for the FIFA World Cup competitions mus t provide for a certain amount of the entire gross receipts to b e reserved for development purposes . sentative teams or club teams of another confederation .

z The Federation is bound by this article . 9 Exceptions shall. however. which alone has full authority to alte r them . 1 The definitions and other provisions governing the status and transfer of players shall be contained in special regulations draw n up by the Executive Committee . clubs or club members shall not be permitted to refer disputes with the Federation or other associations. Dispute s Art . Art . z The function of this Board is governed by special regulations . suspension s an d expulsion s occurs n no o atbnal association and a canfederstion XI . 54 A national association which is involved in a dispute with the confederation of which it is a member mayappeal at any time to the Federation to intervene . 53 . the am e Special XIII . be made in respect of — the special regulations governing the transfer of player s — a suspension or expulsion imposed bya national association o r a confederation on a member of a committee or subcommitte e of FIFA . Suspensions and expulsion s - Art . • ' Affiliated national associations shall recognise each other's suspensions and expulsions . 57 ' National associations. Players' statu s s ecialions XII . 5 5 ' Players of national associations affiliated to the Federation shall either be amateur or non-amateur . Laws of the Gam e Art . Players' statu s Art. clubs or club members to a court of law and they shall agree t o submit each one of such disputes to an arbitration tribunal appoint ed by common consent . X. set°amant ofdisputes — interdictio n 27 . 5 6 ' Each member of the Federation shall play association football according to the Laws of the Game laid down by the Internationa l • Football Association Board.

clubs or club members shall refrain from doing so until all th e possibilities of sports jurisdiction within. 38) . shall lose its status as member and all the privilege s conferred by the Federation . clubs or club members shall adher e meNa[iono f strict)Yto the decisionstakenbY thecompetent bodies in respect o f decisions disputes in accordance with the terms of the foregoing paragraphs . a Even if the law of a country allows clubs or club members t o contest at a civil court any decisions pronounced by sports bodies . This decision shall be final and binding upon the associations concerned . or under the responsibilit y of. gCon e. Thi s intimation of resignation shall. 5 8 A national association wishing to resign from the Federatio n must notify FIFA of such resignation by registered letter .' A national association whose intimation of resignation has bee n accepted. §2 and 6) . ' In the event of disagreement between two or several association s which are unable to agree on the composition of the arbitratio n tribunal. Any club which contravenes the terms outlined abov e may be sanctioned by being suspended from all international activ ity (official competitions and friendly matches) in addition to receiv ing a ban on all international matches (involving national associations and clubs) played in its stadium . s The national associations must. in order to give effect to th e aforegoing. however. National associations. insert a clause in their statutes by which their clubs an d members shall not be permitted to take a dispute to courts of law but shall be required to submit any disagreement to the jurisdictio n of the association or to an arbitration tribunal . as fares they can competently do so. the Executive Committee shall have the right to decide . 32 o f these Statutes . Special ease ' Disputes regarding the transfer and eligibility of players shall b e settled in accordance with the procedure laid down in Art . Resignation ' 28 • • . Resignations Art . tha t their clubs and club members observe this obligation and that they are aware of the consequences of disregarding it (cf . their national association have been exhausted . The association concerned shall continue to b e considered as a member of FIFA until the second letter has bee n received . senctiens 'Any breach of the aforementioned provisions shall be sanctioned in accordance with the FIFA List of Disciplinary Measure s (cf . Art . The nationa l associations shall ensure. XIV. ' Imple. only be recognised if it is confirmed by another registered letter within three months o f receipt of the first .

6 0 ' Any matters not provided for under these Statutes or cases of force majeure shall be settled by the Executive Committee. Loss o f m embershi p XVI . 62 In the event of the dissolution of the Federation. 6 1 Every activity of the bodies and committees shall be subject t o strict observation of the Statutes and regulations of the Federation . which shall Dissolutio n 29 . the Congress must b e attended by an absolute majority of the national associations affil iated to FIFA. tttl ö árot st" o observation Art . condifons XV. For such a decision to be valid. • (b) for any serious infraction of the Statutes and regulations of th e Federation . Decisions in matters of legislation shall not become operative until they have been approved by the Congress . z The expulsion of a national association may only be decreed by the Congress . its funds shall not be distributed . Art . which have not forfeited their right to vote for an y reason at the time of the Congress. (d) by ceasing to have the real status of a national football association in its own country. whos e • decisions shall be final . and the decision must b e passed by a majority of three-fourths of the votes recorded . 5 9 ' A national association may forfeit its membership with the Federation : (a) for non-payment of dues or other debts to FIFA . Expulsion of national association s Art . ' A request for resignation shall only be accepted when the association has settled all its financial obligations towards the Federation and its members . Final provision s Art . They shall be transferred to the supreme court o f the country in which the headquarters are situated. (c) for any grave dishonour to FIFA or any national associatio n affiliated to FIFA .

invest them in gilt-edged securities until the re-establishment of th e Federation . • Zurich. Blatter • 30 . 63 These Statutes were adopted by the FIFA Congress in Rome o n 6 June 1990 and amended by the FIFA Congress in Zurich on 3 Jul y 1992 . Art. They supersede those dated 28/29 September 1961 an d come into force as laid down in Art . 3 July 199 2 ON BEHALF OF THE FIFA EXECUTIVE COMMITTE E President : Dr Joáo Havelange General Secretary : Joseph S. 17 .

announcement and registration of matche s • Art . request the confederation to which the association geographically belongs to grant it the status of associate member of that confederation for a period of tw o years. z An international "A" match shall be a match that has been arranged between two national associations affiliated to the Feder ation and for which both associations field their first national repre sentative team . Definition. The Executive Committee of FIFA may grant provisional affiliation immedi• ately . 4 ' International football matches recognised by the Federation shall be those between two national associations affiliated to th e Federation and for which each association fields a representativ e national team . the confederation concerne d shall supply FIFA with a detailed report on the organisation of th e association . 4 of the FIFA Statutes. Art . 13 (i) of the FIFA Statutes) . Application for affiliation to FIFA Art . Once these two years have elapsed. before granting provisional affiliation to the prospective association. 3 The terms used to define a match shall be those recognised as giving an appropriate political and geographical description of th e countries or territories within the national associations whose International matches International A matche s 31 . the FIFA Executive Committee shall decid e whether to grant the association concerned provisional affiliation . t Based on this report and the documents mentioned in Art . II . Applicatio n foratfillatlo —provisionanl affiliation `ontsaeo associat e members Art . Art . 1 Any association wishing to become affiliated to FIFA shall apply to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association . 3 The subsequent FIFA Congress shall decide whether to gran t definitive affiliation or not (cf. z ' The Executive Committee may. REGULATIONS GOVERNIN G THE APPLICATION OF THE STATUTES 1 .

000 to be paid to the Federation . notify the Federation's general secretariat of the result o f the match. • Art . Although the leagues may belong to different nationa l associations. Failure to provide any notification whatsoever shall incur a fine o f SFr.000 . Art . 10 0 shall be paid to the Federation . 1. 4 §2) including friendly matches and those played in tournaments or in games comprisin g football shall be made known to the Federatio n ' s general secretariat by the national associations organising them within 14 days o f their being held. International "A" matches -notification ' Art . In any case. 2. Sanctions s Failure to give notification of a match within this prescribe d period shall incur a fine of SFr. teams are involved in the match and over which countries o r territories they have sole control and jurisdiction . This form shall be filled in completely and signed . the surnames and first name of the referee and lines men who officiated and the surnames. within 14days of each international "A " match. first names and status of th e players and substitutes of each team. note such a match shall not be recognised as an international match (cf . Although the clubs may belong to different national associations . payable within 10 days of A meeport 32 • . such a match shall not be recognised as an interna tional match (cf . Interleague ' An interleague match shall be a match played between tw o matches leagues . th e amount of the fine due shall be SFr . 1. These fines shall be paid within 10 days of receipt of th e Federation's decision . the match shall b e considered an international match as described in the aforementioned Q . If a national association allows one of its leagues to choose a team which bears the name of its country. a fine of SFr . using the official form for thi s purpose . If the form is not sent in at all. Art . 4 §7). 5 ms ' An ìnterclub match shall be a match played between two clubs . Art . 6 Every international "A" match (cf . such notification must reach th e Federation at least 48 hours before the planned date of the match . 4 §1) .000. subject to the provision of Art . 7 International The Secretary of the national association on whose territory th e match is being played shall. Sanctions ' If the aforementioned form is sent in belatedly. Art . 4 § 4 above .

intemlub and intedeague nawhes authorisation IV. Interclub and interleague matches Art . 4 Scratch teams consisting of players not belonging to the sam e club or association shall not be permitted to play clubs or team s representing associations unless approval has been granted by th e national associations concerned. not be registered on the officia l list of international matches involving two affiliated national associations if either of the associations so desires and informs th e Federation and the other association to this effect at least 48 hour s before the match takes place . a A national association shall inform the national association s concerned of every match which it knows has been arranged an d played in their area of jurisdiction and for which permission wa s • either not sought or given . Official list III . 2 Such a match shall. Art . 1 0 All tournaments involving more than two local or national teams (clubs or representative teams) which belong to different national associations must be approved by the Federation . by the Federation and by th e opposing team . 4 §2) shall be recorded with its results on an official list kept up to date by the Federation . In case of repeated dilatoriness the amount of the fine may be increased by the Executiv e Committee . Art. 2 A club with headquarters near a frontier shall be permitted t o play another club located near the frontier of the adjoining country i f notice of 24 hours has been given to the two national association s concerned . Toumamem s as 00 0m 33 . in addition. the sanctionsto be imposed if this rule is breached . The levy due to the Federation fo r • international " A " matches in virtue of Art. however. 4641 of the Fl FA Statute s must still be paid in such a case. The national associations shall include a provision in their regulations stipulatin g at what point of time the clubs are required to seek authorisation and. receipt of the Federation's decision . Tournament s Art . 9 No interclub or interleague matches between teams from different national associations shall be played without the express authorisation of the national associations concerned . 8 t Every international "A" match (cf .

the national association in questio n shall be fined an amount of at least SFr. is payable to the Federation . an d film and video rights etc . 3. Levy ' caic. rights for television and radio broadcasts. The amount of deductions shall not exceed 30% of the entire gros s income . Financial arrangement s Art . Art. z The amount shall be based on the gross receipts (ticket sales .narnn Deductions confodorethane 34 . on the territo ry of one of these confederations. 2 Sanctions The request for approval shall be submitted by the national association in whose country the tournament is planned at leas t two months before the earliest of the planned dates. the remaining 1 % being payable directly to the confederation involved . 46 §1 of the FIFA Statutes) . (b) the 2% levy due in respect of matches played between nationa l associations affiliated to different confederations. including the matches played in tournaments or in games compris ing football (except forjunior tournaments) shall amount to 2% (tw o per cent) . • V.000 by the Federation an d may be subject to more serious sanctions in the event of anothe r type of violation (such as the participation of a team from a nationa l association which has been suspended) .) derived from matches subject to levies . 3 The request for approval shall be accompanied by a list of th e teams who are planning to take part in the tournament and th e tournament regulations drawn up by the organising body . which will retrocede 'h% to each of the confederations involved . • ' National associations affiliated to a recognised confederatio n are governed by the provisions of §1 of this article subject to th e following conditions : (a) the levy due to the Federation in respect of matches played o n the territory of a confederation between national association s belonging to that confederation is only 1 %. 4 If a tournament is played on the territory of a national association without prior permission. 3 The only deductions that shall be made from the gross incom e are state or local taxes actually paid (but not bank charges o r differences in exchange rates) and any charges for the hire of th e stadium . 1 1 The levy to be paid to the Federation for each match playe d between two national'A'teams (cf. advertising rights.

The FIFA Executive Committee shall dra w Match peda l s regulation 35 . 1 3 Whatever the financial outcome of the match. whatever the status of its players . 500 (cf . the minimum contribution to be paid to FIFA is SFr . a The statement of account and the amount due from the levy shall be sent to the Federation within 60 days of the date the matc h was held . Minimu m contributio n VI . 4 Failure to conform with these requirements shall be punished • with one of the sanctions provided for under Art . Art . 2 This statement shall contain all the requisite figures reflectin g the entire income and anytaxes or charges deducted therefrom (cf . Special provision s Art. Art. Art. 1 2 ' For each match subject to a levy a detailed statement of account shall be drawn up by the national association of the country in whic h the match has been played . 1 6 ' The employment of agents or intermediaries in the arrangement of matches shall be permitted . 11 §3) . 46 §2 of the FIFA Statutes) . Art . x Agents or intermediaries who arrange matches between team s from the same confederation must be officially recognised by th e confederation in question . 42 of the FIFA Statutes . astattement of oun t paymen t sanction s Art . 3 Agents or intermediaries who arrange matches between teams belonging to different confederations must possess an agent' s licence issued by FIFA . 1 4 A club affiliated to one of the Federatio n ' s associations may not be a source of profit for its officials or for those who have lent fund s to it. Match agents and players ' agent s Art . 1 5 Any person receiving remuneration in virtue of a contract from a national association or one of its clubs shall not be entitled to accep t work in return for remuneration with another association at th e same time . • VII .

he shal l not be permitted to take part in an international match for another country . Art. up regulations governing the award of this licence and the concom itant rights and responsibilities . ' National associations shall apply the List of Disciplinary Mea sures drawn up by the Executive Committee (cf . (b) if the agent or intermediary in question holds a FIFA licence. 38 §2 of th e Statutes) and comply with Art . Art . z If a player has been included in a national or representative tea m of a country for which he is eligible to play pursuant to §1. Art. ' VIII . ' The Executive Committee shall. ' FIFA shall be entitled to intervene to enforce the agreement s concluded between agents or intermediaries and teams with whic h they are contractually bound only in the following cases : (a) if the match or tournament at the source of the dispute involve s teams from different confederations . 20 to 22 below. Nationality of player s Eligibility for nationa l teams Art . 4. 5 and 20 to 22) shall come under the jurisdiction of the nationa l association to which the player. draw up stringent regulations authorising the licensing o f players ' agents under certain conditions . ' The only players exempt from this provision are those whos e nationality has been changed not voluntarily but as the result of a n international decree either granting independence to a region o r ceding part of one country to another. ' IX . 1 7 Players' agents The use of agents or other intermediaries in the transfer o f players is prohibited . 1 9 ' Any disciplinary measures required as a result of incidents tha t have occurred at international friendly matches. 1 8 Any player who is a naturalised citizen of a country in virtue o f that country 's laws shall be eligible to play for a national or representative team of that country . the official or the club to be sanctioned belongs . however. internationa l friendly tournaments and interclub friendly matches (cf . if it deems necessary. 36 • . Suspended players and disciplinary measures within the competence of the national association s Art .

If more severe sanctions are necessary. 3 The following cases shall be exempt from the foregoing clauses : – serious infringements. 30. Art . – cases whereby a national association expressly requests th e FIFA Disciplinary Committee to intervene. if existent. b matches 37 . the association in whose country the match was played shall inform the other association immediately of the expulsion . inwhich case theFIFA Disciplinary Committee shall be entitled to intervene on its own initiative . 4 §1). cautions etc . 2 1 ' If an expulsion has been imposed by a referee during an interclub match (cf. z A Disciplinary Committee which is operative during a tourna ment shall only be entitled to prohibits playerwho has been sent of f from playing in the matches in that tournament .000) . has imposed the necessary sanctions . the national association under whose jurisdiction the matc h was played shall send a copy of the refere e ' s report (cf . 24 §1 ) to the national association of the offending player . the appropriate Disciplinar y Committee. Art . ° The following sanctions shall be final in respect of every decision passed in accordance with the terms of this article : (a) cautions and censures imposed on players. they shall be imposed by the nationa l association to which the player belongs . in the case of a tournament. 5) involving clubs from different national associations. officials or clubs . ° Any disciplinary measures that need to be taken with regard t o expulsions or cautions imposed during international matches orga nised by FIFA are solely within the competence of the Federation . 20 ' Aplayerwho has been sentoff duringan international match(cf . 4 §t) shall remain automatically suspended from all future matches until either the national association to whom the player belongs or. Art .s resat leml. • 10. Dissccip 'lmeas á o international matche s Dlsciplm w ne . Art . Art. (c) fines imposed on players and officials (for amounts up to SFr . (b) the suspension (up to three matches) of players or disqual ification (up to three months) of officials or clubs . Art .000) or clubs (for amounts up to SFr . s If any disciplinary measures (expulsions.) hav e been imposed by a referee during an international match (cf . The latter nation al association shall inform both the national association unde r whose jurisdiction the match was played and the FIFA genera l • secretariat what measures have been taken against the playe r concerned .

be made by nationa l associations whose football season is still in progress at the time o f receipt of the notification . A. Boar d (cf. The national associations shall be obliged to enforce thes e amendments and decisions at the latest by 25 July afterthe Board' s annual meeting . • ' X. Exceptions may. 2 The referee chosen to officiate at an international match shall b e a member of the official FIFA List of International Referees . 2 2 A. 24 Each referee of an international match (cf . Art. spitting at the referee is regarded as an assault . 2 5 Referee 's report 38 ' The referee of every international "A" match shall send a report within 48 hours of the match both to FIFA and the national associ ation on whose territory the match was played . s The national associations shall be entitled to apply the amend ments and decisions as soon as they have been issued by th e International Board . ' Art . 56 §1 of the FIFA Statutes) with respect to the Laws of th e Game within one month of the Board's annual meeting . 2 This report shall be made on the official form given to th e referee by the national association under whose jurisdiction th e match was played . z The national association to whom the offending player belong s shall subsequently inform the association which notified it of th e expulsion of the measures it has taken againstthe offending player . Art . 4 §t) shall belon g toa neutral national association unless otherwise previously agree d by the national associations concerned . Referee s Art . 23 the Ua sof amendments mena Pen Referee 's ' The Federation shall inform the national associations of th e amendments and decisions made by the International F . XI . . Art . 2 In this connection. however. s These provisions apply both to international matches and t o matches in competitions organised by national associations . eeri1tn fe senerene A player whom the referee has declared guilty of assault on hi m during or immediately after a match shall automatically be suspended until the first disciplinary body has decided upon appropriat e sanctions . Laws of the Gam e Art .

Art. The Federation's expense regulations shall determine th e amounts. define the regulations governing the List o f International Referees of FIFA . Zurich. They supersede those dated 14/15 November 195 3 and come into force as laid down in Art . 2 6 ' Referees at international matches (cf . 2 The amount owing to the referees shall be paid to them in easil y convertible currency on the same day as the match by the nationa l • association which has organised the match . in conjunction with the FIFA Referees' Committee. 28 Any matters not provided for in these Regulations shall be decid ed by the Executive Committee . Final provision s Art . a The expenses for hotel and board incurred by referees of international matches shall be settled by the national associatio n organising the match . XIII. travel category and number of days due for reimburse ment to which the referees are entitled . Matters not provided for Art . 2 9 These Regulations were adopted by the FIFA Congress in Rom e on 6 June 1990 and amended by the FIFA Congress in Zurich o n • 3July 1992 . 3 July 199 2 ON BEHALF OF THE FIFA EXECUTIVE COMMITTE E President : DrJoáo Havelange General Secretary : Joseph S. Blatter 39 . 17 of the Statutes . Reimbse ment of expenses Regulations XII . 2 7 The Executive Committee shall. 3 The report shall record all the disciplinary measures taken an d the reasons for these measures . Art . 4 §1) shall be entitled to : (a) a daily allowance (b) reimbursement of travel expenses . Art .

i f he is not available. 4 Official interpreters shall be appointed to make translations into the official languages of the Congress . Interpreters Art . (c) exclusion from one or more sessions . the Congress shall decide immediatel y and without debate . Cheirmenshi p ourses Minutes scrutineers Art . ' He shall maintain order at the Congress and may propose penal ties against those members who interfere with the proper procedure of the discussions or are guilty of misconduct towards othe r participants at the Congress. 1 t The President of FIFA shall take the chair at the Congress or. STANDING ORDER S OF THE FIFA CONGRESS Art . Art . one of the vice-presidents. the Congress shall appoint an adequate number of scrutineers to count the votes given for an d • against whenever a vote is taken and to assist the General Secretary in distributing and counting voting papers issued for the elections . in order of seniority o f appointment . He shall open and adjourn the sessions and debates . 3 At the beginning of the first session. The penalties shall be : (a) a call to order . Art . ' In the case of an appeal. give permission to spea k and conduct the proceedings. 2 The General Secretary shall be responsible for the minutes . (b) a censure . unless the Congress decides otherwise. 41 . z The President shall ensure the strict application of these Standing Orders . 5 The General Secretary shall be responsible for a correct record o f the debates .

' Voting can be taken by roll call. ' If a proposal is made to close the discussion. 1 0 Voting 42 ' No vote can be taken by secret ballot . 9 Motion for adjournment Closing of discussions ' If a motion for adjournment is proposed. ' A speakercannot obtain permission to speak a second time if a member who has not yet spoken requests permission . b) by the representative of a Committee specially appointed t o make a report . . t Art . Amend. If the motion is approved . 7 Speakers t The right to speak shall be granted in the order in which it is • requested . s Each discussion shall be opened by a statement : a) bythe President or by the member designated bythe Executiv e Committee for this purpose . the chairman shall close the discussion unles s the Congress decides otherwise by a simple majority of thos e voting . provided a request to this effec t is supported by at least 15 of the associations present and entitle d to vote . ' The general discussion shall then be open . Order of proceedings Art. C) by the representative of the association responsible for th e inclusion of an item in the agenda . it shall immediate ly be put to the vote without debate . Speakers shall speak from the rostrum reserved for this purpose . discussion on the mai n question shall be suspended until a vote has been taken on th e motion . z Any amendment shall be drawn up in writing and passed to th e monts chairman before being put to the debate . Proposals which are not relevant to the subject under discussion shall be withdrawn from the debate . Art . only be granted to those • members who have requested the right to speak before the vot e was taken . ' Art . Art . No speaker shall star speaking before he has obtaine d permission to do so . however. s Proposals ' All proposals shall be submitted in writing . ' As a general rule. permission to speak shall.

The distribution and count of the ballot papers shall b e conducted by the General Secretary assisted by scrutineers . the Congress shall decide immediately . If there are more than two main proposals. and amendments before the main proposal . EiaQiona 43 . a No-one shall be compelled to vote . ' Amendments to amendments shall be put to the vote befor e • the amendments. 5 The'chairman shall announce the result of each vote to th e Congress . only one vote shall be valid . or the person designated b y him. If the numbe r exceeds that of the ballot papers issued. 10 No-one may obtain permission to speak during voting until th e result has been announced by the chairman . a The chairman shall verify the results of the voting and announc e them to the Congress . 0 The ballot papers returned shall be retained until the last coun t has been verified and then immediately afterwards destroyed . the chairman. z The number of ballot papers issued shall be announced by th e chairman of the session before the count . a Proposals which are not contested shall be considered a s passed . Art . 1 1 ' All elections shall be carried out by secret ballot. If an objection i s raised. 4 The absolute majority is based on the number of valid ballo t papers returned . they shall b e put to the vote in succession and no member of the Congress ma y vote for more than one of the proposals . Blank or cancelled papers shall not be included i n the count . a If the number of ballot papers returned is equal to or less tha n that of the ballot papers issued. the vote shall be valid . shall read the text of the proposal aloud and explain th e method of voting (quorum) to the Congress . 6 Proposals shall be put to the vote in the order in which they ar e submitted . the vote shall be declare d null and void and another vote shall be taken. by means of ballot papers . 4 The vote shall be taken by a show of hands (voting cards) . 5 Before each vote. If two or more votes are given in support of one candidate on one ballot paper.

17 of the Statutes . Blatter • 44 . 1 2 These Standing Orders of the FIFA Congress were adopted b y the FIFA Congress in Rome on 6 June 1990 . They supersede those dated 14/15 November 1953 and come into force as laid down i n Art . 6 June 199 0 • ON BEHALF OF THE FIFA EXECUTIVE COMMITTE E President : DrJoáo Havelange General Secretary : Joseph S. Rome. Art.

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