Report published following latest Board meeting on 20 January 2022

Friday 21 Jan 2022

Our Board met on 20 January 2022 and set out below are the main discussion points.

The Board received an update on FIFA’s proposal to hold World Cups every two years, and to amend the international fixture calendar, which would reduce the number of windows where international matches are played. This was discussed at the FIFA Congress meeting in December 2021 when FIFA committed to further reviewing the proposals and presenting these back to National Associations in the first quarter of 2022. An update will also be provided to the UEFA Top Executive Programme at the end of January 2022, where we will have representation. 

The Board also received an update on progress with the future ownership of the women’s professional game. We remain in discussions with the clubs on the possible governance structure of a new entity to be established to run both the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and The FA Women’s Championship. The current focus is to ensure that there is the appropriate balance between protecting the long term development of all levels of the game and allowing the new entity to have sufficient autonomy in the running of the leagues.

The Board continued its discussion on the recommendations set out in the final report by Tracey Crouch MP following the Fan-Led Review Into Football Governance. The Board focussed its discussions on the recommendations regarding our governance structure which are the composition of the Board, the role and composition of the Council and the formula used to distribute our funding into the professional game and national game. Next steps were agreed including input from Sport England and consultation with the Council.

Wembley Stadium Director, Liam Boylan, presented to the Board with an update on The FA’s response to the recommendations arising from Baroness Casey’s review of the 2020 UEFA European Championships Final. We are coordinating our activities across three separate workstreams: The first is to work with the Government on those recommendations where its intervention is required, notably the new category of matches of national significance; Secondly, is working with the Football Supporters’ Association to lead a campaign on changing attitudes towards supporter behaviours; and finally, the operational requirements at Wembley Stadium including infrastructure changes to strengthen safety and security. The Board agreed how it will have appropriate oversight of the planning of major events at Wembley Stadium.

 

By FA Staff