Prince Ali Publishes Manifesto

(ATR) Presidential candidate Prince Ali releases his manifesto on football development and FIFA transparency.

by Mohammad Qadri Hassan and Ahmad Khatib
FIFA vice president for Asia Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan speaks during an interview with AFP in the capital Amman on April 28, 2012. Prince Ali believes that the traditional Islamic headscarf should not prevent Muslim women from joining the Olympics. AFP PHOTO/KHALIL MAZRAAWI        (Photo credit should read KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/GettyImages)
by Mohammad Qadri Hassan and Ahmad Khatib FIFA vice president for Asia Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan speaks during an interview with AFP in the capital Amman on April 28, 2012. Prince Ali believes that the traditional Islamic headscarf should not prevent Muslim women from joining the Olympics. AFP PHOTO/KHALIL MAZRAAWI (Photo credit should read KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/GettyImages)

(ATR) FIFA Presidential candidate Prince Ali releases his manifesto with a focus on developing football and increasing FIFA transparency.

The manifesto, released on Apr. 6, features reforms in the areas of development, commercial success, the World Cup, and leadership responsibility.

Ali, 39, is president of the Jordan Football Association and a vice-president of FIFA from Asia.

Ali calls for more funding to be given to national football associations on a need-based system, along with a growth for women’s football and the implementation of regional development offices.

He also calls for "embracing a transparent, democratic leadership style which encourages debate, empowers others and ensures a clear understanding of the roles of all within the FIFA administration," according to a release.

A full copy of the manifesto can be found here.

"My Manifesto for reforming FIFA reflects my discussions with National Associations around the world and the priorities that they have expressed to me," Ali said in a release.

"They have told me that they want a FIFA Development Program which is transparent, fair, generous and flexible – and which delivers tailored support where it is most needed, so that the level of the game rises for all."

Ali is the third FIFA presidential candidate to release a manifesto. Luis Figo released his in February, and Michael van Praag released his in early March.

Incumbent FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in a press conference on Mar. 23 that his cumulative time at FIFA is his manifesto.

"My manifesto is the work I have done in the last years at FIFA," Blatter told reporters.

I am now 40 years in FIFA. I am 17 years the president of FIFA, this is my manifesto."

FIFA will elect a new president at the 65th FIFA Congress in May.

Written by Aaron Bauer

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