Former World Cup 2006 and England Premier League goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has been appointed by FIFA to serve on an advisory panel for the influential International Football Association Board (IFAB), which discusses and decides upon proposed alterations to the laws of the game.
Hislop, who now works as a football analyst at ESPN, will appear on the IFAB’s football advisory panel which meets at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 24 November 2014.
The Football Advisory Panel and Technical Advisory Panel comprises of former players, coaches and referees as well as representatives from the various confederations, associations and league representatives and the global players’ union, FIFPro. The panel members will generally meet twice a year and serve for a period of two years.
Hislop, who is a former St Mary’s College student and played professionally for Reading, Newcastle, Portsmouth, West Ham and Dallas FC, was nominated for the position by CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb.
“I am honoured to have been nominated by CONCACAF president Jeff Webb,” Hislop told Wired868. “It keeps me involved in the game at the highest level. I hope to further represent players in the continued evolution of the game and give the region an added voice in football.”
The Football Advisory Panel includes: Anthony Baffoe (Ghana), Gijs de Jong (Netherlands, KNVB), Shaka Hislop (Trinidad and Tobago), Christian Karembeu (New Caledonia), Ioan Lupescu (Romania), Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan), Wynton Rufer (New Zealand), Richard Jobson (England, FIFPro) and Andreas Rettig (Germany, DFL).
While the Technical Advisory Panel comprises of: Neale Barry (The FA), Jean-Paul Brigger (FIFA), Massimo Busacca (FIFA), William Campbell (Irish FA), Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius), Pierluigi Collina (UEFA Head of Refereeing), Sonia Denoncourt (CONCACAF Head of Refereeing), David Elleray (England), Ray Ellingham (Wales FA), John Fleming (Scottish FA), Mark Hester (OFC Head of Refereeing), Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay, FIFA Referees Committee), Yoshimi Ogawa (AFC Head of Refereeing) and Manoel Serapião Filho (Brazil).
Some of the topics tabled for its first meeting includes: the so-called “triple punishment” rule; Law 12 with respect to handling the ball; rolling substitutions for amateur/recreational football; and the use of electronic performance monitoring systems. These items were previously discussed by the IFAB and referred to the two new advisory panels for further analysis.
The proposals from the two panels will be reviewed by the IFAB’s AGM in Belfast from 27 February and 1 March 2015 along with other matters including video replay for match officials, the use of “sin bins” in recreational youth football, and the Offside law.
The IFAB was formed in 1886 and pre-dates the creation of FIFA by 18 years. Their meetings take place in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in strict rotation as well as locations decided by FIFA in years when the senior World Cup is held.
The IFAB does not have the authority to alter football’s laws on its own but it can forward proposals to FIFA for a final decisions. FIFA has four votes while each IFAB association has one vote each.
For a proposal to succeed, it must receive the support of at least three-quarters of those present and entitled to vote.