The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is the third oldest association in the world, having come into existence in 1876.

The FAW has governed football in Wales continually since that date. The organisation holds responsibility for promoting and developing the game at all levels from grassroots through to the professional game.

The FAW is a member of The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and The Union of European Football Association (UEFA) and is one of the five organisations that make up the International Football Association Board, the guardians of the ‘Laws of the Game’.

In late 2017, a Governance Working Group was constituted with the remit to review the FAW’s governance structures. Having presented its findings and recommendations, the FAW Council approved the changes in August 2018.

With the Members voting in favour of the Rules at a Special General Meeting in January 2019 and the Shareholders unanimously approving the new Articles of Association at a general meeting in February 2019, the new structure, highlighted to the left, will come into effect from 1 August 2019.

One of the key changes includes the development of a new Board of 11 Directors, comprised of:

  • The President of the Association
  • Three Officers of the Association
  • Three elected Council Members
  • An independent Chairperson
  • Two independent Directors
  • The Chief Executive Officer

The Board will meet monthly (up to 10 times per year) and delegate relevant responsibilities and activities to its sub-committee structure. The FAW will also form a National League Board and National Cup Board to replace the National Game Board, Welsh Premier League Panel and the Welsh Premier Women’s League Panel.

The Chairpersons of the Community Game Board, National League Board, National Cup Board and International Game Board will report to the Executive Board and FAW Council on a regular basis. The decision to modernize and streamline the way in which decisions are made on important business and Welsh football matters will help speed up decision-making, improve accountability and align the Association

FAW Information Pack

To view all the details regarding the Independent Chairperson and two Independent Non-Executive Director roles, please view the FAW Information Pack.

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Acorn Executive Search is proud to partner with the FAW, working with the organisation and their members to manage the search and selection process for FAW voluntary and non-executive board members, senior management team and permanent staff.  


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