Auckland City president Ivan Vuksich will join 27 others from around the world to help draw up an international match calendar for the 2015-2022 period.

He will sit alongside Oceania general secretary Tai Nicholas and fellow Kiwi David Firisua on the working group for the international match calendar committee as well as Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke and former West Germany international and two-time European Footballer of the Year Karl-Heinz Rumminigge.

"That's the big advantage of being on this committee is the opportunity to make important contacts," Vuksich said. "You need these contacts and relationships in football and, without that, you don't go far. You rub shoulders with important people and hopefully that will benefit the clubs in the Oceania region.

"It's a great honour for the club and for me. I have been on a Fifa committee before and hopefully I can make some contribution again. It's a big place at Fifa and I hope I can add some input from an Oceania club perspective."


The group will meet for the first time in Zurich on March 5 and will be charged with the task of fixing dates for Fifa's international tournaments, international friendly match windows as well as detailing the arrangements for the players' immediate return to their clubs. Clubs have often been highly critical of the demands on players when they play internationals and Fifa are reportedly reviewing single match windows.

Vuksich was formerly a member of Fifa's world club taskforce in 2006 and 2007. Auckland City have appeared at three Club World Cups and finished a highly-credible fifth at the 2009 edition.