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How Major League Futsal International works

Sports governing bodies play a fundamental role in society and therefore adherence to good governance principles is fundamental for the fulfillment of their statutory objectives and broader social mission. As futsal’s governing body in North America, Major League Futsal International is firmly committed to the principles of good governance, transparency and zero tolerance towards any wrong doing.

Major League Futsal International doesn’t just organize Major League Futsal USA but a whole host of men’s, women’s and youth competitions which involve national and club teams. 

Major League Futsal International is also involved in the sanction of other independent leagues that represent the futsal community.

Independent Ethics Committee

The independent Ethics Committee is one of Major League Futsal International’s judicial bodies. It is primarily responsible for investigating possible infringements of the Major League Futsal International Code of Ethics. It is divided into two separate chambers – the investigatory chamber and the adjudicatory chamber. 

Activity Report

The Activity Report showcases Major League Futsal International’s work in global futsal development beginning with the U.S., the governance and administration of the game, organizing international competitions, and sustainability and health projects.

Reporting Mechanism

Major League Futsal International has implemented a regulatory framework which is intended to ensure that all statutory rules, rules of conduct and internal guidelines of our organization are respected and complied with. In this context, and in particular as a measure to aid in prevention, Major League Futsal International has issued, among others, the Major League Futsal International Code of Conduct and the Major League Futsal International Code of Ethics.

Disciplinary

Learn more about Major League Futsal International’s judicial bodies: the Disciplinary Committee and the Appeal Committee, as well as Major League Futsal International’s Disciplinary Code.

ANTI-DOPING

When Major League Futsal International introduced doping controls, we acknowledge the problem and to introduce active measures to combat it working with the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA.

Finances

According to Major League Futsal International Statutes, Major League Futsal International’s revenue and expenditure “shall be managed so that they balance out over the financial period”. Furthermore, “Major League Futsal International’s major duties in the future shall be guaranteed through the creation of reserves”.

Players’ Status and Transfers

Learn more about Major League Futsal International’s regulations on the status and transfer of players, the dispute resolution system and Major League Futsal International's rules governing the procedures of the Players’ Status Committee and the Dispute Resolution Chamber.

TRANSFER MATCHING SYSTEM

The Major League Futsal International Transfer Matching System (TMS) is a system that makes international transfers of players between clubs quicker, smoother and more transparent.

Match Agents

Agents who arrange matches between teams belonging to different confederations must be in possession of a license issued by Major League Futsal International.

The Major League Futsal International License to arrange matches confers upon the holder the exclusive right to arrange friendly matches or tournaments between national teams or clubs from different confederations.

View the list of Match Agents and find out about the regulations that govern the occupation of Match Agents and other related items.

Intermediaries

Intermediaries play an important role in the world of futsal. They represent players and/or clubs in negotiations with a view to concluding an employment contract or represent clubs in negotiations with a view to concluding a transfer agreement.

Find out here about the rules that govern the occupation of Intermediaries and other related items.

Major League Futsal International SECURITY

The Major League Futsal International Security Division is responsible for matters related to the integrity and protection of the game.

EARLY WARNING SYSTEM

Major League Futsal International Early Warning System (EWS) monitors betting on all Major League Futsal International matches and competitions in order to prevent negative influences from betting.

How Major League Futsal International Works

As a the futsal governing body in North America, Major League Futsal International must full fill numerous different requirements. Major League Futsal International has played a pioneering role among international sporting federations in the area of governance, issuing regulations and reports (e.g. the Major League Futsal International Financial Report) in close cooperation with legal and accounting specialists.

To ensure a separation of powers, the independent Ethics Committee, established as the third judicial body under the Major League Futsal International Code of Ethics, is responsible for watching over the entire futsal community and helping to tackle current challenges in futsal such as illegal betting, bribery and other prohibited activities. Under the Code of Ethics, disciplinary sanctions can be imposed on offending officials, players, players’ agents and match agents.

Major League Futsal International Structure 

THE PRESIDENT

The Major League Futsal International President holds the highest office at Major League Futsal International. The Major League Futsal International President’s rights and duties are set forth in the Major League Futsal International Statutes. He represents Major League Futsal International and presides over the Major League Futsal International Congress, Executive and Emergency Committee meetings and those committees of which he has been appointed chairman. Like the other members of the Major League Futsal International Executive Committee he is  entitled to vote and he casts the deciding vote when a ballot is tied.

Major League Futsal International CONGRESS

According to the statutes, the Major League Futsal International Congress is the organisation's supreme body. Numerous articles dictate which items are to be discussed and which decisions are to be passed at this forum. As the legislative body of world futsal - futsal's parliament in other words - the Congress bears a particular responsibility for developing the game, the nature of which has been subject to increasingly rapid change over the past few years. Each member has one vote at the Congress. 

COMMITTEES

Although futsal remains a simple game, its circumstances have changed dramatically. As the North America governing body, Major League Futsal International must take into account a wide range of developments and other factors and decide on numerous issues in accordance with the Major League Futsal International Statutes and regulations.

Strategy is determined by the Major League Futsal International Executive Committee chaired by the Major League Futsal International President, a forum where all of the Delegates can directly influence the decision-making process since each has its own representation under the Major League Futsal International Statutes. The executive’s decisions are guided by the recommendations of some 10 specialist standing committees, in which representatives from the federations associations, leagues, teams and players are able to express their various views and requirements. The Major League Futsal International administration implements the decisions passed by the Major League Futsal International Congress, the executive and the standing committees. 

ETHICS COMMITTEE

To ensure a separation of powers, the independent Ethics Committee, established as the third judicial body under the Major League Futsal International Code of Ethics, is responsible for watching over the entire futsal community and helping to tackle current challenges in futsal such as illegal betting, bribery and other prohibited activities. Under the Code of Ethics, disciplinary sanctions can be imposed on offending officials, players, players’ agents and match agents. 

FINANCE

Major League Futsal International’s revenue and expenditure “shall be managed so that they balance out over the financial period”. Furthermore, “Major League Futsal International’s major duties in the future shall be guaranteed through the creation of reserves”. 

The Reform process

Major League Futsal International is firmly committed to the principles of good governance, transparency and zero tolerance towards any wrongdoing – whether it is in sporting contests or any other context of association football. Major League Futsal International has adapted its structures and procedures in order to meet the evolving needs of the game’s governance and respond to the increasing complexity of its functions and operations.

Official Documents

Major League Futsal International has developed five core programmers to help member associations overcome the challenges they face to promote and structure futsal in their territories. The long-term objective is to ensure that futsal is sustainable as a PRIME discipline and player development tool for both men and women.

Major League Futsal International’s futsal development programmers provide member associations with the access to expertise, teaching and promotional materials, futsal equipment and financial assistance, so that everyone who wants to play, referee or coach futsal has the chance to do so, whether recreation or in organized leagues.

Major League Futsal International’s five main futsal development programmers comprise:

1. Consultancy 
Member associations interested in officially launching futsal within their territory or in reviewing their current activities can apply for different types of consultancy support. An expert visit may be arranged for an assessment of the current situation and to help, where necessary, with the creation of the association’s four-year futsal development plan. In addition to expertise, member associations can also benefit from sports equipment (in particular futsal balls) and teaching material.

2. Education 
Major League Futsal International’s education courses for futsal coaches and referees aim at supporting and complementing the initiatives of confederations and member associations. The courses usually last five days and include both theoretical and practical sessions. Major League Futsal International appoints an instructor to conduct the course and to help develop an education strategy for the member association.

3. Grassroots 
Boys and girls aged 6-12 are the focus of the Major League Futsal International Grassroots Programs, which encourages kids to play futsal through school, community and club initiatives. Considering the popularity of futsal and the increasing demand among its member associations, Major League Futsal International now offers grassroots programs with a particular focus on the characteristics of futsal through the Major League Futsal Youth Academy. Typically, a Major League Futsal International Grassroots project is composed of a training program for male and female coach-educators and a festival for boys and girls. The training, led by experienced Major League Futsal International instructors, aims to introduce coach-educators to the methodology of teaching young people and provide them with basic knowledge on the particular characteristics and benefits of futsal. The festival should offer an opportunity for as many children as possible to discover and enjoy futsal through fun practice sessions and small games.

4. Competitions 
The development of futsal competitions and leagues for both men and women around the world is still in its formative stage, and Major League Futsal International recognizes the challenges that this creates for the further development of the game. To increase the number of futsal leagues at various levels, Major League Futsal International offers expert and tailor-made assistance on how to structure and format competitions. Through the current Major League Futsal International Professional and Amateur features to our youth based High Performance, to regional play. 

5. Major League Futsal International Legacy 
Major League Futsal International Futsal World Cups are a valuable opportunity to plant the seeds of futsal development in the host country. The Major League Futsal International legacy program may feature a vast array of different projects (Jr’s, Youth, Amateur, Pro, Domestic, International), which should be discussed and developed in close cooperation between the host association’s leadership and league officials. Each member association shall appoint a person to be responsible for the Major League Futsal International legacy program and to work in tandem with the relevant Major League Futsal International counterpart.