FA set to reveal reform plans to government

Date published: Sunday 5th March 2017 12:40

The Football Association will this week provide an update on the reform plans that they hope will meet Government approval.

Last month the House of Commons passed a ”no confidence” motion in the FA’s ability to reform itself while the governing body is facing a reduction in its public funding.

The FA received £30million from Sport England between 2013-17 for grassroots football but has so far only been given £5.6million to support its disability and women’s programmes for the next four years.

A decision on the rest of its grant hinges on Sports Minister Tracey Crouch’s approval of its reform plans, which need to be submitted by the end of March if they are to affect the next round of funding.

Central criticisms are that the FA’s governance is lacking in both accountability and diversity.

Proposals are set to include a board reduced from 12 members to 10, and that at least three of them should be women – Heather Rabbatts is currently the only female presence.

Board members would be limited to terms of nine years while honorary life vice-presidents on the council would lose their voting rights.

The aim is for a more diverse council that better reflects the modern game, with more positions for fans, women, former players and managers as well as black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and disability football representatives.

There will be a limit on council terms of 16 years.

FA chairman Greg Clarke will reveal the plans to stakeholders on Monday before they are debated by the council and board at meetings later this month.

The final package will then be presented to the Government in early April.

Clarke has listened to the opinions of a wide range of figures and organisations within the game and Crouch is said to be supportive of the process.

The FA believes the intended changes could leave it with the best governance structure in British sport.

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