The world has lost confidence in FIFA and 2022 World Cup is at the root of it all. In 2010 - amid allegations of bribery and kickbacks - FIFA chose Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, ignoring an inspection report labelling Qatar as a "high-risk" bid.
The case against Qatar has continued to mount. Workers are dying, and Qatar has a failed to deliver promised reforms for workers’ rights. But Qatar's problems run deeper: workers are trapped in the country and need their employers’ permission to leave, their passports are withheld, and many live a dozen or more to a room, earning just a few dollars a day. We know FIFA has the power to change Qatar, so we must change FIFA.
FIFA's president, Sepp Blatter, has finally announced his impending resignation, and we have a game-changing shot at reform. But after years of scandal and corruption, we know that change can't come from within. Only an independent reform commission can root out corruption and tackle the longstanding workers' rights issues in Qatar and beyond.
On July 20, FIFA's executive committee will meet behind closed doors to chart its future. Now it's up to us to tell our national football associations -- who represent us -- to speak up and endorse a motion to establish an independent commission.
A new FIFA – and workers’ rights in Qatar – are within reach, but it's up to us to win this once and for all.