On 6 October 2004, the FIFA Executive Committee approved a Code of Ethics drawn up by the Committee for Ethics and Fair Play in accordance with Art. 7 of the FIFA, thereby fulfilling an obligation stated in the new FIFA Statutes that took effect on 1 January 2004.

On 15 September 2006, the Executive Committee approved the revision of the Code of Ethics. This revision was prompted by a decision of the FIFA Congress passed in Munich in June 2006, requiring the creation of a new and independent Ethics Committee to constitute FIFA’s third judicial body.