09/22/2021 at 9:19 PM CEST
The FIFA Technical Advisory Group on the women’s calendar, headed by former US coach Jill Ellis, will celebrate in the next few days their first meeting with the objective of create global access and opportunities, with the players at the center of the debate.
FIFA announced on the 5th that Anglo-American Jill Ellis, two-time world champion with the United States in 2014 and 2019, will headline this forum, “which will take into account the views of all stakeholders in women’s football. ”
“The group will be made up of leaders from their different areas. We are going to look at everything from a technical point of view, from the perspective of the coaches, not only of the current ones, but also of some already retired. We’re going to have in consideration the opinion of the footballers, of the referees, of sports scientists, of the administration and, of course, from the fans“Ellis said.
As reported by FIFA, in a process analogous to that of men’s football that is leading Arsène Wenger, FIFA World Football Development Director, how to optimize the calendar will be studied, since there is nothing agreed in this regard beyond 2023, the year in which the next World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, for the first time with 32 teams.
“I think we should have an overview of what is the position of each of the parties and what place they occupy through its prism, which also means that it will be a very diverse geographic group. The Problems and opportunities in one country may be completely different than in another“Ellis pointed out. The debate will start with the obligation to”ensuring the FIFA Women’s World Cup ™ remains extraordinarily specialWithout forgetting that it has been, and continues to be, a way of growth for our sport “.
“How do we balance that and how do we deal with it? All of this will be part of the conversation and debate. On the other hand, how do we increase the opportunities for a footballer who has never played something as special as a World Cup to do so? That is what our work will consist of“he added.