French Football Federation votes in reforms

French Football Federation votes in reforms

Published Apr. 2, 2011 1:36 p.m. ET

The French Football Federation has voted in reforms aimed at improving the running of French football.

The FFF approved several new initiatives at a general assembly on Saturday that were discussed at a workshop in October.

The FFF's voting structure is traditionally split between professional and amateur football, and the general assembly voted to increase the professional's vote from 25 to 37 percent.

It also overwhelmingly approved a proposal to elect future FFF presidents through a a 10-man executive committee, and agreed to create a watchdog body bringing together all the different ''families'' in football.


Pro football will continue funding amateurs through television rights and a share of sports betting profits.

FFF president Fernand Duchaussoy hailed the reforms as ''the change that our federation needs for its future and to carry out its assignments with greater efficiency.''

Reforms were urgently needed within the FFF following France's World Cup debacle in South Africa last year under former coach Raymond Domenech. France crashed out of the group stages without winning a game and the players shamed a nation by going on strike at training.

The FFF was severely criticized for the way it voted to keep in Domenech after France had fared badly at the 2008 European Championship, also failing to win a game.

Domenech was kept on despite widespread calls for his dismissal, and that meant the FFF taking its share of the blame for the World Cup fiasco under Domenech's contested leadership.