FA propose new-look FA Council with AoC Sport representation

The board of the Football Association has proposed a seat for AoC Sport on FA Council, subject to Council and AGM approval.

This is part of a series of proposals by The FA board to reform the organisation’s corporate governance. The proposals include the addition of 11 new members to The FA Council, to ensure it better reflects the inclusive and diverse nature of English football.

AoC Sport would provide the voice for the further education sector.

AoC Sport’s National Football Development Manager, Lauren O’Sullivan, said: “It would be fantastic for the college sector to have a voice at this level.

“Through our football development arm, English Colleges Football Association (ECFA), we are committed to the development and progression of the game at all levels throughout further education.

“We have made great strides in recent years in providing opportunities for elite players, grassroots players, volunteers, workforce and officials, and are committed to continue building on this development.

“Representation on The FA Council would enable us to provide a strong voice for football in the further education sector and see even greater developments in the future.”

Other reforms approved include:

  • Reduction in the size of The FA board to 10 members
  • Three positions on The FA board to be reserved for female members (by 2018)
  • Introduction of term limits for board membership of three three-year terms
  • Ensuring all FA council members are active members in the football organisation they are elected or nominated to represent, ending the appointments of senior vice presidents and life vice presidents of the FA council
  • Introduction of term limits for FA council membership