ROME Ė The Union of European Football Associations was set to hold its 43rd Ordinary Congress in the Italian capital Rome with the reelection of the incumbent UEFA president and implementation of the Video Assistant Referee system in the Champions League starting round of 16 the main topics on the agenda.
The head of the European soccer federation, Sloveniaís Aleksander Ceferin, who has been holding office since Sept. 14, 2016, was the only candidate for the UEFA presidency and would be reelected at the congress on Thursday at Romeís Hotel Cavalieri.
UEFA officials and representatives of its 55 national federations who began to arrive in the Italian capital on Tuesday were scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon prior to the congress.
The UEFA annual report is scheduled to inaugurate the congress and then elections are to be held to choose the president, Executive Committee and FIFA Council members as well as the new representative of the European Club Association in the UEFA Committee.
With only six days to go before the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 starts, UEFA officials will discuss the use of VAR, which will debut at Europeís elite club tournament.
The new system is to be implemented for the first time in the continental tourney starting Feb. 12, when Roma takes on Porto and Manchester United faces off against Paris Saint Germain.
It has already been introduced in La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1, as well as the League Cup, Copa del Rey and the FA Cup.
UEFA was also expected to name eight members, including at least one woman, for the new Executive Committee for the next four years.
A total of 11 candidates run for these eight Executive Committee seats, including the Spanish soccer federationís head, Luis Rubiales, who headed to Rome on Wednesday, on the eve of the congress.
Other candidates are Elvedin Begic of Bosnia, Kairat Boranbayev of Kazakhstan, Armand Duka of Albania, Jesper Moller Christensen of Denmark, Andriy Pavelko of Ukraine, Sandor Csanyi of Hungary, Fernando Gomes of Portugal, Borislav Mihaylov of Bosnia and Davor Suker of Croatia.
Csanyi, Gomes, Mihaylov, Suker would run for a new mandate.
Florence Hardouin of France was widely expected to maintain her seat as the only woman.