UEFA's committees take centre stage this week when several meet at UEFA headquarters in Nyon to discuss a broad palette of issues concerning European football and its well-being.
Nineteen committees are involved in shaping UEFA's policy across the wide span of European football. The committees deal with subjects ranging from medical matters and players' status/transfers to refereeing, finance and the UEFA competitions; they submit advice, proposals and recommendations to UEFA's Executive Committee, which may also delegate some of its duties to a specific committee.
UEFA committees and expert panels have an advisory function, unless regulations adopted by the Executive Committee grant them decision-making powers.
On Monday, the National Associations Committee will discuss the current situation of the relationship between, and activities involving UEFA and its 53 member national associations. The following day, a meeting takes place of the HatTrick Committee, which deals with UEFA's comprehensive assistance programme on behalf of its member associations. Tuesday also sees a gathering of the Club Licensing Committee, which monitors the implementation and achievement of the objectives of the UEFA club licensing system.
On Wednesday, the Stadium and Security Committee will continue its work, which includes advising on the development and implementation of up-to-the-minute stadium and security policies and standards. The same day, the Legal Committee will be analysing football-related legal issues, on which it advises UEFA accordingly.
Thursday's agenda focuses on the Players' Status, Transfer and Agents and Match Agents Committee, which considers matters related to the status and transfer of players, the activity of players' agents and match agents. Also on Thursday, the Marketing Advisory Committee meets to fulfill its tasks. This committee oversees the general marketing strategy for all UEFA competitions for the attention of the Executive Committee, and advises on issues regarding the relationship between UEFA and its various marketing and media partners.
Finally, Friday brings a gathering of the Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee, which exchanges views on current futsal and beach soccer topics, in particular the UEFA futsal competitions.