FIFA Delegates Hold Second Inspection Visit Ahead of Council Meeting

FIFA’s Senior Corporate Events Manager Antonetta Santagata talks to FERWAFA officials during their visit at Kigali International Airport on Wednesday

The World Soccer body, FIFA officials are holding a two-day second inspection visit to Rwanda ahead of the eighth FIFA Council Meeting which will be held on October 25-26, 2018.

According to Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA), the delegation composed of six officials led by FIFA’s Senior Corporate Events Manager Antonetta Santagata, arrived in the country on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, the delegation visited Radisson Blu and Kigali Convention Center, Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and Kigali International Airport.

On Thursday, they will hold meetings with various stakeholders before ending their two-day inspection visit.

This visit follows the maiden visit which was held in early April where its focus was on the country’s top hotels which will host the FIFA Council Meeting in October.

The site visits where carried out at Radisson Blu and Kigali Convention Center, Kigali Marriott and Kigali Serena Hotel.

Kigali City was earmarked to host the meeting in March after last month’s council meeting held in Bogotá, Colombia.

The FIFA Council (formerly the FIFA Executive Committee) is an institution of FIFA (the governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer).

It is the main decision-making body of the organization in the intervals of FIFA Congress. Its members are elected by the FIFA Congress. The council is a non-executive, supervisory and strategic body that sets the vision for FIFA and global football.

The new council is made up of the following individuals: The President, CONMEBOL: one vice-president and four members, AFC: one vice-president and six members, UEFA: three vice-presidents and six members, CAF: one vice-president and six members, CONCACAF: one vice-president and four members and OFC: one vice-president and two members.

The two-day meeting which attracts over 100 delegates from different confederations across the globe focuses on issues pertaining to the development of football.

Besides endorsing the decisions of the Bureau Council, the FIFA Council meeting also reviews reports that need to be endorsed from other committees such as governance, finance, development, organizing committee of FIFA competition, football stakeholders, member associations, players status, referees, medical and audit and compliance committees among others also meet on the sidelines to take decisions related to the sport.

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