FAW chief executive Noel Mooney says the organisation is “at the start of an exciting journey” that will see them become “a thought leader in world football”.

But to do that, Mooney insists the governing body must have their “objectives, structures, processes and governance aligned”.

Irishman Mooney was speaking after the FAW’s shareholders and board approved a set of 80 recommendations suggested in a review of the Welsh game.

Between March and September, the FAW commissioned an independent organisational review entitled ‘A Sustainable Association for the Future.’ The report setting out the findings was put in front of shareholders for their consideration and all of the recommendations were passed.

The FAW board subsequently ratified the decision of the shareholders, a move crucial to the delivery of Our Wales – the governing body’s strategic plan for Welsh football from now until 2026.

Dr Carol Bell, who chaired the review steering group, said: “The FAW needs an organisational structure that is fit for purpose, takes its responsibilities for leading the game seriously and one that has the right governance framework in situ underpinned by robust structures, policies, procedures, systems and processes.

“We will not achieve this overnight, but it is critical that we begin the journey together to modernise and transform every aspect of our association to comply with the current policies of FIFA, UEFA, Welsh Government and Sport Wales.”

The FAW will align itself and its stakeholders behind six guiding principles – good governance, stakeholder engagement, staff training and development, performance management, insight-led and effective reporting and communication.

The changes will deliver a greater emphasis on grassroots football, clear roles and responsibilities for both the FAW and FAW Trust, an alignment of the six area associations and, among other things, a new para-football organisation.

Mooney said: “The FAW is at the start of an exciting journey that will see us become a thought leader in world football.

“To achieve this, we need to have all of our objectives, structures, processes and governance aligned.

“The approval by shareholders and board of these recommendations empower us to reach our full potential.”

Steve Williams, FAW president, added: “Together Stronger means all of Welsh football.

“We have now agreed the fundamental re-structuring and modernisation required.

“Following the decisions taken this week, we can now move forward in implementing these changes.

“I’m excited to move the association forward into the future with the knowledge that we will be in the best shape possible for promoting, developing and leading the game of football in Wales.”