Report from our latest Board meeting in December

Tuesday 14 Dec 2021
Our Board met on Thursday 9 December and set out below are the main discussion points.

The Board had an initial discussion on the recommendations set out in the final report by Tracey Crouch MP following the Fan-Led Review Into Football Governance. We will continue to work with stakeholders in the game towards developing potential solutions to the topics and recommendations that have been made and will liaise with the Government on these. The Board will continue these discussions at its next meeting.
 
The Board also approved The FA Group Report and Financial Statements for the 2020/21 financial year. Beforehand, it received a report from Tim Score, Group Audit Committee Chair, on the Audit Committee’s activities in the previous 12 month period and from Judith Tacon, Lead Audit Partner, on the audit of the Report and Financial Statements.  
 
While the start of next season is still some months away, the Board had a preliminary discussion on the budget for 2022/23. The Board took a cautious approach to financial management in order to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. With some of the risks starting to fall away, the Board looked at opportunities where it could increase funding back into the game from the new season.
 
Liam Boylan, Director of Wembley Stadium, presented on The FA Group’s approach to health, safety and wellbeing. The Board was updated on the governance structure in place, our response to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, how performance in this area is measured and the increased focus on mental as well as physical health and wellbeing.    
 
Finally, the Board considered FIFA’s proposal to hold World Cups every two years and to amend the international fixture calendar; reducing the number of windows in which international matches are player from five to either one or two. We will work with our fellow National Associations within UEFA to develop a collective response to FIFA’s proposals.

By FA Staff