1. Politics is bigger than sport
Often this phrase is quoted in reverse given sport has proved more influential than politics on occasion; a ban on South African teams helped build momentum for the anti-Apartheid movement, for example.
However, the exposure of alleged abuse of workers in Qatar completely overshadowed the debate about moving the dates of the 2022 World Cup.
With lives on the line and international trade unions in full voice, the complaints from television rights holders and Europe's wealthy football leagues suddenly seemed petty.
An Olympics or football World Cup can be a catalyst for change but, in this instance, FIFA's Executive Committee (ExCo) needed to be reminded by the media to focus on the most serious issue of the Qatar World Cup.
2. Good governance is about good communication
The debate about the Qatar World Cup and its summer heat was a mess of FIFA's own making but the organisation has changed considerably from the one which made that decision back in 2010.
Since then, a handful of shady figures have left football's governing body and the rules have changed so that the ExCo will not have the final say on future host nations.
They will only draw up a shortlist for FIFA's Congress to vote on, which reduces the prospect of corruption.
Some will say there is no need for a consultation process before moving the dates of the 2022 World Cup, but FIFA must engage stakeholders as it continues its attempted transformation into a modern, accountable governing body.
3. Michel Platini is a show pony
On day one of FIFA's ExCo meeting, UEFA president Michel Platini - knowing the media were desperate for information after a day spent sitting outside - chose not to take the discreet underground route out of FIFA House on Thursday but instead wandered out of the front door, feigning surprise when he was then mobbed by the world's press.
Platini tried to sound annoyed and didn't make any comment of note but the smile on his face betrayed his love of the spotlight. Platini has delayed an announcement on whether he'll stand for the FIFA presidency in 2015.
4. FIFA does not help itself
Football's governing body is happy to have the media attend FIFA ExCo meetings. It provides reasonable facilities but a lack of communication to journalists leads to speculative guessing games.
Like a stubborn mule, FIFA digs in its heels and refuses to let its agenda be dictated to by the press. That may sound laudable but when it means beach soccer is discussed ahead of reports of workers dying in Qatar it makes the organisation look as out of touch as ever.
5. Blatter's the great survivor
Remember the names Jack Warner, Ricardo Teixeira, Chuck Blazer, Mohamed Bin Hammam? While many senior figures have left FIFA's ExCo under something of a cloud since the eyebrow raising decision in 2010 to award Qatar the World Cup, Blatter is still there leading the organisation.
And the president had a broad smile on his face at the end of a news conference that effectively announced nothing at all.
Worker conditions in Qatar will be addressed and the consultation process over changing the dates of the 2022 World Cup won't end for another year.
Either of those thorny topics might have unseated lesser administrators but Blatter's performance this week strengthens the suspicion that he'll seek re-election in FIFA's next Presidential campaign in 2015.