UEFA's latest committee week is under way with many of the 19 committees which help shape the policies of European football's governing body set to discuss crucial issues.
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UEFA committees will be gathering over the next few days for their regular meetings on the broad palette of issues relating to UEFA and European football.
Nineteen committees are involved in shaping UEFA's policy. They debate areas ranging from medical matters and players' status or transfers to refereeing, finance and the UEFA competitions. The committees submit advice, proposals and recommendations to UEFA's Executive Committee, which may also delegate some of its duties to a specific committee. The UEFA committees and expert panels have an advisory function, unless regulations adopted by the Executive Committee grant them decision-making powers.
The week of meetings began on Friday with the Finance Committee and Development & Technical Assistance Committee. The Finance Committee advises and supports the Executive Committee in the financial management of UEFA. The Development and Technical Assistance Committee, among other things, supervises UEFA's technical and football assistance/exchange programmes within its member associations, assists the flow of information regarding training, education and technical reports.
Deliberations continue with the gathering of the Women's Football Committee on Monday. This committee discusses developments in this rapidly growing area of the game, which is being given increased impetus by UEFA through its Women's Football Development Programme (WFDP).
Tuesday will see meetings of the Medical Committee and Football Committee. The Medical Committee exchanges views on current medical topics related to football, draws up proposals regarding the treatment of injuries and football-specific medical conditions, develops medical education programmes for football and initiates and monitors studies on football injuries.
The Football Committee exchanges views on the protection and further development of the game, and draws up recommendations on national team and club issues, the Laws of the Game, player protection and image, and other football-related matters which have an impact on the game.
On Wednesday the Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee will hold its meeting, exchanging views on current futsal and beach soccer topics, in particular the UEFA futsal competitions.
Thursday brings meetings of the HatTrick Committee and Fair Play & Social Responsibility Committee. The HatTrick Committee proposes the principles of UEFA's HatTrick programme, which include in particular the development of infrastructure projects within the UEFA member associations.
The Fair Play & Social Responsibility Committee proposes UEFA's football-related social responsibility policy and activities for UEFA member associations, leagues, clubs, club officials, players, referees, supporters, non-governmental organisations and media, and proposes public relations campaigns to promote the notion of respect in European football.
Finally, on Friday, the Stadium and Security Committee meets to discuss the development and implementation of up-to-the-minute stadium and security policies and standards.