The FA Council

The FA Council, a 122 member body which consists of 30 individuals from various bodies (such as the Independent schools, the armed forces and Oxford University) plus the 92 league clubs. The Council decides the major policies of The FA and is the governing body of English football.

The lack of diversity in this 122 strong group, which has only eight women and four black and ethnic minorities, means that pressure brought by football fans throughout the country which prompted the Early Day Motion 611 in October 2016 (https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/611) means the F.A.’s £30 million p.a. public funding is now in jeopardy.

That said the FA’s main commercial asset is its ownership of the rights to England internationals and the FA Cup with broadcasting (sponsorship) income being its largest revenue stream. Turnover for the year ending 31 July 2016 was £370 million.

Prince William is the current president of the FA and none of the FA board of directors has ever played football professionally.