Road to Brazil 2014 - Boyce Chairs FIFA Refs Body; World Cup on Facebook

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FIFA vice president Jim Boyce (Getty)
(WFI) Northern Ireland’s FIFA vice president Jim Boyce will play a key role in selecting the match officials for the Brazil 2014 World Cup as new head of its referees committee.

He replaces Spain’s FIFA vice president Angel Maria Villar as chairman.

Boyce, who was elected to FIFA’s top table in 2011, was chosen to head the committee as part of a reshuffle of FIFA’s standing committees following the addition of extra ExCo members at its congress in Mauritius in May.

FIFA told INSIDER that the restructuring aims to have each ExCo member chair one standing committee and serve in another one as a vice chairman. None of the ExCo members can any longer serve as a chairman of two or more committees.

“Ángel María Villar Llona agreed with a FIFA proposal that, as a legal expert, he should remain chairman of the legal committee and consequently, leave the referees committee, after a great job done in this position,” FIFA said in its statement.

“This decision does not affect neither the work of FIFA’s refereeing department headed by Massimo Busacca nor the selection and training process for the 2014 FIFA World Cup referees as this process began two years ago and will follow the same criteria and principles.”

FIFA is set to confirm the referees for the Brazil World Cup early next year.

FIFA Launch Three Facebook Pages

The new Facebook pages are:

- 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil – covering all the build-up to, and action during, the 2014 FIFA World Cup
- FIFA World Cup – history of the competition from 1930 to 2010, showcasing FIFA’s deep multimedia archive and enabling fans to share their special World Cup memories
- FIFA – focusing on FIFA’s work around the globe, from football development, Football for Health and corporate social responsibility projects to behind-the-scenes images, videos, and fan engagement opportunities.

The expanded social media offering is part of FIFA’s attempts to provide football fans with more opportunities to interact with each other and football’s governing body.

The first FIFA app is set to be launched at the Brazil World Cup draw in December.

“Since FIFA took its first social media steps on Twitter in the build-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, more than 4.5 million football fans have been actively engaging with us in six different languages, primarily @fifacom and @fifaworldcup. As a governing body, this is something we’re very proud of,” said FIFA’s director of communications Walter De Gregorio.

FIFA reported that during June and the FIFA Confederations Cup, 30 million users in 30 days visited The first competition-specific Facebook page, as well as the page for the World Cup mascot Fuleco were launched that month.

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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