Report on FA Board meeting of 9 September 2021

Friday 10 Sep 2021
The Board received a post Tokyo Summer Olympics review from Sue Campbell (Director of Women’s Football)

The Board met on 9 September and set out below are the main discussion points.

This was the first meeting for both Thura Win (National Game Representative) and Tim Score (Interim Senior Independent Non-Executive Director).

Rachel Brace (HR Director) led the Board through The FA’s strategy for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion for the period 2021-2024. This will be a key component of our approach towards the strategic priority of using our influence to deliver a game free from discrimination. The strategy focusses on three main commitments – (i) to tackle discrimination on and off the pitch; (ii) build a diverse workforce from the inside out; and promote an inclusive and united game which is for all.

The Board recognised that there have been many challenges over the summer period with player registration ahead of the new season. We discussed the reasons for this and how the issues can be rectified in future seasons.

The Board received a post tournament review from Sue Campbell (Director of Women’s Football) on Team GB’s performance at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Team GB progressed to the Quarter Finals, losing 4-3 in extra time to Australia. The Board reviewed the operational aspects of the tournament and the particular challenges of observing the necessary protocols arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

In July, Tracey Crouch MP submitted a letter to the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden MP, with her interim findings from the Independent Fan Led Review of Football Governance. The letter made reference to a number of areas in which Ms Crouch identifies the need for the reform of football governance. The Board discussed the issues raised and how The FA, Premier League and EFL can work collectively to address these concerns. As part of this, we have carried out a review of The FA’s rules relating to the sanctioning of competitions, in consultation with the Premier League and EFL, and will recommend approval of changes to the rules to shareholders at a General Meeting to be convened in October. These changes will be subject to prior approval from the Council.

As is good corporate governance practice, the Board annually reviews the membership and duties of each of its committees, the schedule of reserved matters for the Board and financial authority levels.

By FA Staff