With 211 affiliated associations, FIFA supports them financially and logistically through various programmes. As representatives of FIFA in their countries, they have obligations to respect the statutes, aims and ideals of football’s governing body and promote and manage our sport accordingly. The Congress is FIFA’s supreme and legislative body. The Council is the strategic and oversight body, and the general secretariat is the executive, operational and administrative body of FIFA. The standing committees advise and assist the Council and the general secretariat in fulfilling their duties, while the independent committees conduct their activities and perform their duties entirely independently but always in the interest of FIFA and in accordance with the Statutes and regulations of FIFA.