POSTED: August 12th 2015

Former IOC Director General Attorney François Carrard set to lead 2016 FIFA Reform Committee

Swiss Attorney François Carrard takes up the challenge to reform FIFA bringing in IOC expertise / Getty Images
Swiss Attorney François Carrard takes up the challenge to reform FIFA bringing in IOC expertise / Getty Images

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) Director General François Carrard has been appointed to the 2016 International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Reform Committee as the independent Chairman.

Carrard is an internationally renowned Swiss lawyer who guided the IOC through its governance reforms after the 2002 Winter Olympics' bidding process. He has particular experience of the challenges global organizations, like FIFA, face.   

Carrard stated, "It is vital for the future of global football to restore the integrity and reputation of its governing body. As the independent chairman, I am committed to delivering the necessary package of credible reforms, working with representatives from within football and wider society. To that end, I will establish an independent advisory board, made up of representatives from outside football, to support the work of the committee and provide an additional layer of independent expertise."

Following consultation with the six football confederations, Carrard was officially appointed as Chair of the Reform Committee. Also, each confederation appointed two representatives to the Reform Committee.

"We believe Carrard is the right person to drive this reform process forward as an independent chairman with a proven track record in governance reforms. We are confident that he can help FIFA to strengthen its governance structures in a credible and meaningful way. FIFA's commercial partners will also play a key role in the reforms, and we will be discussing with them the most productive way to include their views," commented FIFA President, Sepp Batter.

The Reform Committee will work over the next six months to develop a group of reform proposals. These recommendations will be presented to the Extraordinary Elective Congress on February 26, 2016, in Zurich, Switzerland. The committee will build upon the reform work FIFA has undertaken since 2011, which includes its Audit and Compliance Committee's recent proposals.

The FIFA Executive Committee will receive a preliminary update from the Reform Committee at its regular quarterly meeting that will take place September 24-25, 2015.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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