HRH Prince Ali Chairs the 10th WAFF Ordinary Congress
HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, President of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), praised the great role of all Member Associations in promoting football in its various sectors, whether it was over the past years or during the recent period that coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic.
After reading Al-Fatiha upon the souls of those who passed during the pandemic, His Highness chaired the Tenth WAFF Ordinary Congress, which was held on Saturday 19th of December 2020 via video-conference, showed his appreciation for all 12 Member Associations of WAFF and praised the clear and pioneering contributions, always striving to improve the football system at a regional and local level, which is the main mission of WAFF since its foundation nearly 20 years ago.
His Highness considered that the COVID-19 pandemic imposed negative global repercussions on football, which motivated West Asian Football Federation to make additional efforts in an attempt to compensate for the interruptions that hit its schedule, especially the postponement of championships, by intensifying administrative activities and holding a series of workshops and training courses for both genders, which have achieved great benefits that will be positively reflected on the beneficiaries soon and thus serve the Member Associations on the one hand and WAFF on the other.
His Highness stressed that WAFF, despite the forced postponements to its agenda for the year 2020, is determined to continue with its approach by returning to organizing its championships as soon as the current situation in the region allows it, in conjunction with focusing on administrative activities. He was also keen on the renewal of the interaction of Member Associations with various programs, organized by WAFF, at the regional level and its keenness to keep the wheel of competitions turning while following the preventive precautionary measures that accompany it, making it a safe and comfortable environment for all practitioners.
In addition, the General Secretary of WAFF, Khalil Al Salem started the meeting by welcoming the members of the Ordinary Congress and calling for the attendees represented by: His Highness Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein and Samar Nassar (Jordan), Muhammad Al Dhaheri (UAE), Ibrahim Bou Ainain (Bahrain), Khaled Al-Thubaiti and Ibrahim Qasim (KSA), Dr. Zakaria Kanat, Dr. Ibrahim Abazid and Mohammad Dokori (Syria), Dr. Asaad Ali (Iraq), Ahmad Al Rashdi and Osman Bin Saeed Al Balushi (Oman), Firas Abu Hilal and Rawan Iriqat (Palestine), Mansour Al Ansari (Qatar), Salah Al Qenaei (Kuwait), Hashem Haidar, Raymond Saadeh, and Jihad Al Shohof (Lebanon), and Dr. Hamid Al-Shaibani (Yemen).
After completing the quorum, Al Salem presented the meeting's agenda, then reviewed the report of the previous Ordinary Congress, which was approved by the representatives of the associations.
In addition, the Ordinary Congress was briefed on the report of the Federation's Executive Committee, which included all the activities that have taken place since the last meeting until now including administrative activities, training courses, and workshops in various fields in addition to the holding of many meetings and participating in conferences of AFC and FIFA.
In this context, Al Salem noted that WAFF has been very active last year in organizing many activities, and it was the most active among the regional federations, with the testimony of the AFC, which Al Salem returned to convey the thanks and appreciation of the Member Associations for its support.
After that, the Ordinary Congress reviewed WAFF's financial statements for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 and the consequent financial receivables. The 2021 budget was also reviewed and it was approved after Al Salem provided a detailed explanation about it, indicating the support of AFC and the steps taken by WAFF, in partnership with the Member Associations, by passing all difficult financial circumstances, which helped to sustain activities with great momentum at various levels.
The proposed amendments to the WAFF’s Statues were also approved. The most prominent of which was the formation of a board of directors consisting a president, two vice-presidents, at least one female board member, a member representing WAFF in the Executive Office of AFC, and seven WAFF board members. In addition to maintaining the current permanent committees: Competitions, Finance, Media, Marketing, Womens, and Judicial bodies represented by the Discipline, Ethics and Appeals Committees. Also new permanent and independent committees were founded and are the Development Committee, the Elections Committee and the Legal Committee. It was agreed with AFC that the transitional provisions of the Executive Committee of WAFF will stay in its current formation until 2023.