Governance

Secretariat

The secretariat shall carry out all the executive operational and administrative work of FAZ under the direction of the General Secretary. The members of the secretariat are bound by the internal orgnaisational regulations of FAZ and shall fulfil the given tasks in the best manner and in good faith.

Composition & Structure

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee consists of 13 members:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Female Member
  • 10 members representing each of the regional leagues

The President, Vice President and Female Member shall be elected by the Council. They shall undergo an integrity check, to be conducted by the Ethics Committee, prior to their election or re-election. The other 10 members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by the respective Regional Leagues.

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The Council

The Council is the supreme and legislative body of FAZ

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the meeting at which all of the members of FAZ regularly convene. It represents the supreme and legislative authority of FAZ. Only an AGM that is duly convened has the authority to make decisions.

The President shall conduct the AGM business in compliance with the standing orders of the Council. Life members or honorary members, as well as observers appointed by the AGM may take part in the Council without the right to vote. Observers may not deliberate where-as life or honorary members may join in the deliberations.

Decisions passed by the Council shall only be valid if the majority (more than 50%) of the delegates representing the members who are entitled to vote, are present. IF the quorum is not achieved, a second council shall take place within 24 hours, with the same agenda.

A quorum is not required for the second meeting unless any item on the agenda proposes the amendment of the Statues of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), the election of the President, Vice-President and members of the Executive Committee, the dismissal of one or more members of a body of FAZ, the expulsion of a member of FAZ or the dissolution of FAZ.

A decision that requires a vote shall be reached by a show of hands or by means of an electronic count. If a show of hands does not result in a clear majority in favour of a motion, the vote shall be taken by calling the roll in alphabetical order. Unless otherwise stipulated in these Statutes, a majority (more than 50%) of the valid votes cast shall suffice for a decision to be valid. Blank ballot papers, invalid votes or electronic votes manipulated in any other way as well as abstentions shall be disregarded when calculating the majority.

JUDICIARY BODIES

The Judicial bodies of FAZ are The Disciplinary Committee, The Ethics Committee and the Appeals Committee/Arbitration Tribunal. The judicial bodies shall consist of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and 3 (Three) other members and are to be composed in such a way that the members have the knowledge, abilities and specialist experience that is necessary for the due completion of their tasks.

The chairperson of the judicial bodies shall be qualified to practise law and shall undergo an integrity check prior to their appointment or re-appointment. This integrity check shall be conducted by the Audit and Compliance Committee for all members of the Ethics Committee (including the chairperson and vice-chairperson). For all other members of the judicial bodies (including the chairperson and vice-chairperson), the integrity check shall be conducted by the Ethics Committee.

The term of office for all members shall be (4) four years and members may be re-appointed or relieved of their duties at any time, although they may only be relieved of their duties by the AGM.

The members of the judicial bodies shall be ratified by the AGM upon recommendation of the Executive Committee and shall not be members of the Executive Committee, the Electoral Bodies or of a Standing Committee.

The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the judicial bodies shall fulfil the same independence criteria that are stipulated in Article 52 (3) for the members of the Audit and Compliance Committee. If the Chairman, the Vice-chairman or a member of a judicial body permanently ceases to perform his official function during his term of office, the Executive Committee shall appoint a replacement to serve until the next AGM.

The responsibilities and function of the judicial bodies shall be stipulated in the Disciplinary Code of FAZ and the Code of Ethics of FAZ.

The functions of the Disciplinary Committee shall be governed by the Disciplinary Code of FAZ (The Executive Committee shall issue the Disciplinary Code of FAZ, which shall be in accordance with the principles laid down in the valid FIFA Disciplinary Code).

The Disciplinary Committee shall pass decisions only when at least three (3) members are present. In certain cases, as specified in the Disciplinary Code, the chairman may rule alone in accordance with the Disciplinary Code of FAZ.

The committee may pronounce the sanctions described in the FAZ Statutes and the Disciplinary Code of FAZ on members, officials, players, clubs, match agents and intermediaries. These provisions do not affect the powers of the Council and the Executive Committee with regard to the suspension and expulsion of members.

The functions of the Ethics Committee shall be governed by the Code of Ethics of FAZ (The Executive Committee shall issue the Code of Ethics of FAZ, which shall be in accordance with the principles laid down in the valid FIFA Code of Ethics).

The Ethics Committee shall pass decisions only when at least three (3) members are present. In certain cases, as specified in the Code of Ethics, the chairman may rule alone in accordance with the Code of Ethics of FAZ.

The Ethics Committee may pronounce the sanctions described in the Code of Ethics of FAZ and the Disciplinary Code of FAZ on officials, players, match agents and intermediaries.

The functions of the Appeals Committee shall be governed by the Disciplinary Code of FAZ and the Code of Ethics of FAZ.

The Appeals Committee is responsible for hearing appeals against decisions from the Disciplinary Committee and the Ethics Committee that are not declared final by the relevant regulations of FAZ. Decisions pronounced by the Appeals Committee may only be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, or to the FAZ Arbitration Tribunal in accordance with the provisions in these Statutes.

The committee shall pass decisions only when at least three (3) members are present. In certain cases, as specified in the relevant regulation, the chairperson may rule alone in accordance with the Disciplinary Code of FAZ and the Code of Ethics of FAZ.

Disputes in FAZ or disputes affecting leagues, members of leagues, clubs, players and officials shall not be submitted to Ordinary Courts, unless the FIFA regulations, these Statutes or binding legal provisions specifically provide for a stipulate recourse to Ordinary Courts.

Such disputes as specified above shall be taken to the Arbitration Tribunal recognised by FAZ or the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. As long as FAZ has not recognised or established any Arbitration Tribunal, the disputes specified above shall be taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Any Arbitration Tribunal recognised or established by FAZ shall be in line with the Arbitration Act of Zambia or any statutory modification thereto.

Recourse may only be made to an Arbitration Tribunal in accordance with this article once all internal channels of FAZ have been exhausted.

Jurisdiction

FAZ shall have jurisdiction on internal national disputes, that is, disputes between members belonging to FAZ. FIFA shall have jurisdiction on international disputes, that is, disputes between members belonging to different Associations and/or Confederations.

In accordance with the relevant provisions of the FIFA Statutes, any appeal against a final and binding decision passed by FIFA, CAF, or FAZ shall be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, unless another Arbitration Tribunal has jurisdiction in accordance with Article 

  1. CAS shall not, however, hear appeals on violations of the Laws of the Game, and suspensions of up to four matches or up to three months (with the exception of doping decisions).

FAZ shall ensure its full compliance and that of all those subject to its jurisdiction with any final decision passed by a FIFA body, by a CAF body, by the Arbitration Tribunal recognised by FAZ or by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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