FIFA delegation to meet with Board of FAI

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FIFA delegation to meet with Board of FAI

The Board of the Football Association of Ireland will welcome a delegation from world governing body FIFA on Wednesday next to discuss governance at the FAI.
11th May 2019

The two-person delegation will arrive at FAI Headquarters in Abbotstown when they will meet with the full Board. The delegation also plan to meet with Sport Ireland officials during their visit.

The FAI Board remains in constant dialogue with UEFA regarding all elements of governance and reform within the Association. An FAI delegation, led by President Donal Conway alongside interim CEO Rea Walshe and Board member Eamonn Naughton, met with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and Director of National Associations Zoran Lakovic in Switzerland last Monday.

As planned, UEFA sent a delegation to Dublin last Tuesday and have supported the recent establishment of a Governance Review Board by the FAI and Sport Ireland. FIFA will now meet with the FAI to discuss the ongoing processes. 

Speaking ahead of the meeting with the FIFA delegation this coming Wednesday, FAI President Donal Conway said: "We welcome this visit from our colleagues in FIFA as we continue our programme for governance change at the FAI. We visited UEFA at their Nyon headquarters last Monday when they told us they remain fully committed to and supportive of our review processes. UEFA and the FAI are exploring all areas in which UEFA can assist the FAI and will continue to work in partnership for the betterment of Irish football. FIFA are also key stakeholders in Irish football. Their support and assistance at this time is most welcome. We look forward to a productive meeting with the FIFA delegation and to the ongoing co-operation and support from both FIFA and UEFA as we transform our governance procedures and our Association."

The Football Association of Ireland and Sport Ireland recently established a Governance Review Group to review the existing governance arrangements within the FAI and to consider and propose a governance framework for the FAI which will support the Board and the organisation in achieving and observing good governance. The Governance Review Group is expected to present a draft report in June, ahead of the AGM of the FAI at the end of July.

The Governance Review Group has invited submissions regarding these reforms from stakeholders in the game including sponsors, the Professional Footballers’ Association of Ireland, FAI staff and the general public by May 20th, via email to governance@fai.ie