UEFA is planning to establish a new ‘football parliament’ to provide an independent voice on all matters related to the game, and they have already signed up a list of prominent names to ensure its success.
The advisory board, which will consist of 20 individuals, will comprise both players and managers who will offer their expertise to help safeguard the future of football.
UEFA aims to tap into the wealth of knowledge that these individuals possess to establish a strong and independent voice in the football community.
The creation of this football parliament highlights UEFA’s commitment to promoting transparency and fairness within the sport.
The unprecedented concept, which was first reported byMARCA, will see the group gather to address ‘fundamental issues in the sport, such as the rules of the game, refereeing, UEFA competitions, tactics, and player welfare’.
Their first-ever meeting will take place on April 24 at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.
Who are the founding members of UEFA’s ‘football parliament’ and how were they selected?
The board will be chaired by AC Milan and Croatia legend Zvonimir Boban, with Roberto Rosetti – UEFA’s chief refereeing officer – acting as his assistant.
In addition, 20 other highly-respected names have been confirmed as members.
UEFA have set some pretty strict criteria when it comes to the individuals they have invited to be part of the project.
Keen to ensure that those involved have achieved ‘outstanding success’ within the sport and command ‘global respect’, UEFA require that members have either ‘won a significant trophy’ or ‘made more than 100 international appearances’ for their country.