Most recently, the AFC Member Associations approved a raft of new governance practices and amendments to the AFC Statutes based on the recommendations of the Governance Task Force at the 27th AFC Congress in Manama, Bahrain.
In addition to the longstanding rules on presidential term limits and a minimum quota of female Executive Committee members, which were recently implemented by FIFA, the AFC has advanced further to include an age limit of 70 and term limits (max. three terms of four years) for the President and all Executive Committee members.
The AFC also introduced a non-executive President system with an empowered General Secretary and team of high-level Directors acting without day-to-day political influence, in order to separate the political from the operational.
In addition, all candidates running for the AFC Executive positions are subject to eligibility checks. Similar checks will also be conducted on the AFC General Secretary.
Anchored on strengthening the spirit of unity across the continent – one of the core values under the AFC Vision and Mission – the AFC will also enhance its engagements with key stakeholders in the decision-making process.
A clear manifestation of this approach is the AFC’s continued consultations with a vast range of leading experts in various domains including Interpol, Transparency International, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), WADA, Sportradar, ICSS, SIGA and other football bodies like FIFA, UEFA, CONCACAF, ECA, EPFL and FIFPro.
The AFC will continue to reinforce its position as leaders in the Women’s game through the promotion of women's football and championing the role of women at all levels, in all areas, including governance and technical.
As one of the most committed sport bodies in the world on the issue of match-fixing, integrity and fair play, the AFC will continue to combat corruption, doping and all forms of match manipulation. The contract extension with the internationally renowned Sportradar in January 2016 underlines the AFC’s position as a benchmark organisation for ethical and sporting standards. In addition, a Sportradar analyst supports the AFC Legal Department at AFC House.
Bringing transparency and accountability to the forefront, the host Member Association for all future AFC Asian Cups – the continent’s premier men’s competition – will now be decided by the AFC Congress who will also decide the future composition of its judicial bodies.
Going a step further, the AFC also established an independent Entry Control Body (ECB) to rule on the eligibility for entering AFC competitions based on the criteria set by the Entry Control Manual (2017-2020).
The Governance Reform Task Force also developed a whistleblower policy – called ‘Do the Right Thing’ - which was proposed and approved by the AFC Executive Committee in December 2016.