Many components from all four corners of Europe make up the UEFA 'Football Family', from the national associations to the match officials and from the clubs to the licensed match agents.
At the top of the tree are the 52 member associations who provide representation within the various committees including expert panels and working groups who then assist in shaping the policy decisions made by the organisation from politics and law, society and solidarity, football and sports, economics and marketing to technology and science.
Wide range of activities
The UEFA Committees and UEFA Expert Panels mirror the wide range of activities in which UEFA is involved. In total there are 12 standing committees, ranging from the Technical Development Committee to the Professional Football Committee. But also part of the committee structure are the two disciplinary chambers, namely the Control & Disciplinary Body and the Appeals' Body, as well as the Meridian Project Board.
Panels and working groups
In addition to the committee structure, there are 29 UEFA Expert Panels from the European Club Forum, which comprises 102 clubs from throughout Europe, to the Doping Control Officers' Panel. UEFA also enlists the assistance of ad hoc working groups when necessary to assist in the decision and policy making process. (www.uefa.com)