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The FIFA Statutes provide a clear separation between strategic and oversight functions on the one hand and executive, operational and administrative functions on the other. The Congress is FIFA’s supreme and legislative body. The Council is the strategic and oversight body, and the general secretariat is the executive, operational and administrative body of FIFA. The standing committees advise and assist the Council and the general secretariat in fulfilling their duties, while the independent committees conduct their activities and perform their duties entirely independently but always in the interest of FIFA and in accordance with the Statutes and regulations of FIFA.

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Standing Committees

FIFA’s nine standing committees report to the FIFA Council, advising and assisting the Council in their respective fields of function. The composition and structure, including qualification and number of members fulfilling independence criteria as well as the specific duties and powers of the individual committees, shall be stipulated in the FIFA Governance Regulations. For more information on the standing committees, please see the pages below or articles 39-48 of the FIFA Statutes.

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Audit and Compliance Committee

The Audit and Compliance Committee, including the Compensation Sub-Committee, is one of the four independent committees of FIFA. The Audit and Compliance Committee shall consist of at least three and not more than seven members, all of whom must not belong to any other FIFA body. They should be knowledgeable and experienced in financial and/or regulatory and legal matters and may not be involved in any decision affecting the operations of FIFA. The chairperson, deputy chairperson and members of the Audit and Compliance Committee shall fulfil the independence criteria as defined by the FIFA Governance Regulations. They are elected by the FIFA Congress to terms lasting four years, for a maximum of three terms. For more information on the independent committees, please see article 50 ff. of the FIFA Statutes as well as articles 36 and 37 of the FIFA Governance Regulations.

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Judicial Bodies

The Appeal, Disciplinary and Ethics Committees are FIFA’s judicial bodies and are three of FIFA’s four independent committees. The three judicial bodies are to be composed in such a way that the members have the knowledge, abilities and specialist experience that is necessary for the due completion of their tasks. The chairperson, deputy chairperson and members of the committees shall fulfil the independence criteria as defined by the FIFA Governance Regulations. They are elected by the FIFA Congress to terms lasting four years, for a maximum of three terms. For more information on the independent committees, please see article 52 ff. of the FIFA Statutes as well as articles 36 and 38 of the FIFA Governance Regulations.

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