FIFA has held its first Executive Football Summit, one of the key initiatives introduced as part of the FIFA reforms, in Paris on 22 and 23 November. The series of summits will bring together member association presidents and general secretaries to discuss strategic matters and provide a platform for discussion, debate and an exchange of know-how.
Each summit brings together the representatives of around 20 member associations and is divided into two half-day workshop sessions, conducted in an informal setting to allow open and constructive dialogue. The inaugural meeting in Paris brought together top executives from French-speaking countries across Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Oceania showcasing a wide range of experiences.
The main topic on the agenda of the Paris summit was FIFA’s revamped development programme, Forward, which raised great interest and many questions among the member associations. The 11 FIFA Executive Football Summits will be held in six venues around the world between November 2016 and March 2017. Following the launch in Paris, two summits will take place in Singapore (6-8 December), two in Miami (17-18 January), two in Doha (14-16 February), two in Addis Ababa (21-23 February) and two in London (7-9 March). Key findings from the discussions will then be fed back to the relevant decision-making bodies within FIFA.