The Football Association agreed yesterday to implement the most radical reforms to how it is run in decades at a meeting of its shareholders at Wembley.
Championed by FA chair Greg Clarke, the reforms mean the governing body will now meet the new governance code introduced by Sports Minister Tracey Crouch.
This will enable the FA to continue to receive public funding for grassroots projects and bidding for events, as well as answering critics who doubted its ability to modernise itself.
Already unanimously backed by the board and council, the reforms have now cleared the final hurdle of receiving the support from 75 per cent of the FA’s 1,100 shareholders and will come into force on July 27.
The key reforms are streamlining the board from 12 members to 10, with three seats reserved for women from 2018, the introduction of term limits and a revamped council.