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UEFA Football Board to meet on 24 April

The eminent advisory body will offer an institutional yet independent voice of experience and expertise on fundamental football-related topics.

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A stellar line-up of former football stars and elite coaches will assemble in the European House of Football on Monday, 24 April for the inaugural meeting of the UEFA Football Board.

This eminent advisory body, approved by the UEFA Executive Committee at its last meeting in Lisbon earlier this month, is designed to give an institutional yet independent voice of experience and expertise on fundamental football-related topics, including the Laws of the Game, refereeing, match calendar, elite youth development and players well-being.

UEFA Football Board members were selected based on their outstanding club or national team football achievements, impeccable international reputation and extensive experience.

Who are the members of the UEFA Football Board?

José Mourinho, Portugal
Carlo Ancelotti, Italy
Zinedine Zidane, France
Paolo Maldini, Italy
Fabio Capello, Italy
Javier Zanetti, Argentina
Luís Figo, Portugal
Philipp Lahm, Germany
Ronald Koeman, The Netherlands
Gareth Southgate, England
Rio Ferdinand, England
Michael Laudrup, Denmark
Rafael Benítez, Spain
Roberto Martínez, Spain
Predrag Mijatović, Montenegro
Jürgen Klinsmann, Germany
Rudi Völler, Germany
Petr Čech, Czechia
Juan Mata, Spain
Robbie Keane, Republic of Ireland
Patrick Vieira, France
Henrik Larsson, Sweden
Eric Abidal, France
Gareth Bale, Wales

Aleksander Čeferin, UEFA President

"UEFA is delighted to see that the very ones who have shaped the game's history with their talents and philosophy through decades are gathered again around our common goal - to protect the game of football and its essential values. As we always say: Football first!"

UEFA Technical Director and Chief of Football Zvonimir Boban will chair the meeting of the Board. He will be supported by Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA Deputy General Secretary and Director of Football, on competition-related topics and by UEFA Chief Refereeing Officer Roberto Rosetti on refereeing matters. These meetings will be an annual fixture in the UEFA calendar, but the members will also meet when needed and necessary.

The agenda for the first meeting foresees discussions on refereeing matters, such as the UEFA line of intervention, VAR, handball and player behaviour, and competition and medical football matters.