In September, the 4th FIFA Compliance Summit took place in Costa Rica and for the first time since the start of the pandemic, more than 200 representatives from FIFA’s member associations, as well as governance and compliance experts from the world of football gathered — the majority in person — to expand on the issues discussed at the previous summit held in 2020.
The summit was opened via videoconference technology by FIFA President Gianni Infantino. In his opening remarks, Mr Infantino encouraged member associations “go beyond good practice and approach compliance in a different way”, citing the transformation that FIFA has been executing on compliance since 2016, based on “credibility, transparency and accountability”.
President Infantino added: “We had to make some fast and radical changes and reforms, via the new Legal and Compliance Division, and when it comes to compliance matters, it is like a referee in a game. When you don’t notice the referee, this means that they are doing a pretty good job. This is because (at FIFA) we installed some very important good governance principles, and it’s important that we remind all of us, always, of what we did. The new FIFA is a credible, trustworthy organisation, which is, and has to be at the service of football, not the other way around. There are three words that sum up this transformation: credibility, transparency, accountability.”
Collaborating on the event was the president of the Costa Rican Football Association, Rodolfo Villalobos, who echoed the words of President Infantino by reaffirming to the attendees that “this is why FIFA invited you here, to help you, prepare you, and give you the necessary tools.”
FIFA Director of Compliance, Patrick Trépanier was also in attendance, as was FIFA's Director of Legal Affairs and Compliance, Emilio García Silvero, who opened the general session.