Aleksander Čeferin

Rebuilding the reputation of international football

Distinguished Speaker Series

Aleksander Čeferin will discuss rebuilding the reputation of international football and his new four-year term plan for UEFA.

Football, the 'beautiful game', is the world's most popular sport, with an estimated 4bn fans worldwide. Yet while the game is adored, how the game is governed has had a more chequered history. Two and a half years ago, a major corruption scandal at FIFA forced the resignation of Michel Platini as president of UEFA. His successor, Aleksander Čeferin, a Slovenian lawyer and moderniser, is systematically working through a plan to improve UEFA's governance.

In this Distinguished Speaker Event, Oxford's Rupert Younger will ask Aleksander Čeferin about his new four-year term plan for UEFA, how he is working to improve the reputation of 'the beautiful game', and field an open question and answer session on football and its governance.

Event Schedule

  • 17:15 - Registration opens
  • 17:45 - Event starts
  • 18:45 - Drinks reception (optional)
  • 19:45 - Close

About the speaker

Aleksander Čeferin has been President of European football’s governing body, UEFA, since September 2016, and between 2011 and 2016 was president of the Football Association of Slovenia (NZS).

Čeferin was re-elected by acclamation for a new four-year term in February 2019. During his acceptance speech, the UEFA President underlined his determination to ensure that “European football remains united, that European football remains respectful, respectable and respected, and that European football continues to demonstrate solidarity and bring hope.”

The UEFA President has also emphasised his commitment to strengthening UEFA’s financial fair play measures, which were introduced in 2009 in an effort to bring greater stability to European club football, especially in terms of clubs’ financial management.

Čeferin is a keen advocate of social and humanitarian policies that underline football’s power as a force for social good. Investment in grassroots and women’s football has also been at the core of Mr Čeferin’s mandate. In November 2017, he was elected chairman of the UEFA Foundation for Children – a body supporting humanitarian projects worldwide that promote and foster children’s rights. Under Mr Čeferin’s presidency, UEFA has entered a new era as a ‘social fair play’ body through initiatives such as the #EqualGame campaign promoting diversity, inclusion and accessibility in football.