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Governance and Representation

The current football governance ecosystem

The football ecosystem is a complex web of different organisations and participants, each with a role to play in defining how the industry is structured and allowed to operate. The decisions and agreements made by these participants shape the world of football as we know it.

What you should know


These include global bodies like FIFA and IFAB, continental confederations, and organisations that represent particular interests, such as European Leagues and European Club Association.

Public Regulators

Public institutions, governments and international organisations play a critical role in this ecosystem on issues like sporting integrity and labour rights. These include the World Health Organisation and the European Commission.

Additional Participants

While the voice and power they have varies between countries and continents, there are additional participants involved too: football fans, broadcasters, sponsors, human rights groups and non-profit organisations all play a roll in the governing of football.