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Consultations on the future of men’s football continue with technical advisory group meeting

7 Sept 2021A group of top players and coaches from all continents will participate this week in the ongoing consultation process on the future of


7 Sept 2021

A group of top players and coaches from all continents will participate this week in the ongoing consultation process on the future of football together with FIFA World Football Development Director Arsène Wenger.

Its members are part of a new technical advisory group on the future of men’s football, which provides FIFA with first-hand knowledge and experiences of professional footballers and coaches from across the spectrum of international football, with a total of more than 3,000 caps and more than 300 FIFA World Cup ™ matches to his credit. The objective of this group is to debate possible alternatives to the current organization of men’s football, in order to achieve a truly global sport and to give an opportunity to all talents and all regions of the planet.

Among those attending the meeting, which will be held for two days in person in Doha (Qatar), are players and coaches such as Ali Al-Habsi (Oman), Emmanuel Amuneke (Nigeria), Jared Borgetti (Mexico), Tim Cahill ( Australia), Youri Djorkaeff (France), Avram Grant (Israel), Sami Khedira (Germany), Alexi Lalas (United States), Marco Materazzi (Italy), Ryan Nelsen (New Zealand), Nuno Gomes (Portugal), Roberto Carlos ( Brazil), Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (Brazil), Mikaël Silvestre (France), Peter Schmeichel (Denmark), David Suazo (Honduras), David Trezeguet (France) and Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina).

The technical advisory group on the future of men’s football is also made up of personalities such as Sami Al-Jaber (Saudi Arabia), Alessandro Altobelli (Italy), Iván Córdoba (Colombia), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Gelson Fernandes (Switzerland). ), Geremi Njitap (Cameroon), Mustapha Hadji (Morocco), Keisuke Honda (Japan), Júlio César (Brazil), Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany), Javier Mascherano (Argentina), Lothar Matthäus (Germany), Faryd Mondragón (Colombia), Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria), Michael Owen (England), John Terry (England), Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast), Marco van Basten (Netherlands), Antonio Valencia (Ecuador) and Javier Zanetti (Argentina). During the consultation round, other players and coaches will be included. To date, more than 80 active and retired footballers and coaches have been consulted.

In accordance with decisions taken at this year’s Congress, FIFA has embarked on a comprehensive consultation process to deliberate on the future of world football and to assess options for changing international calendars. Meetings with other interest groups and different analyzes of the direction that women’s and youth football will follow are planned. Along with all these initiatives, a study is already underway on different aspects of football competitions. A technical advisory group on the future of women’s football has also been established, led by a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup ™ champion coach, Jill Ellis.