Laura McAllister on FIFA and female future in the sport industry

Tue 02 March 2021 | 11:21

The former Wales international believes things have been changing for the better regarding FIFA and corruptions that have been hunting the system for so long are no longer existent.

The director of the Football Association of Wales Trust, Laura McAllister, who is aiming to represent European females’ football in the UEFA Congress vote next month, believes the FIFA no longer needs to deal with corruption in their system thanks to their new improvements.

Though many have lost their trust in FIFA over the recent course of years, McAllister is confident that under President Gianni Infantino things have seen much more refinements.

“I have no reservations because you judge organizations based on their plans for the future,”

she told the

PA news agency


“I’ve spoken to Gianni Infantino as part of my campaign this time and I’m impressed by what I hear from him.”

“He speaks very openly and progressively about governance reforms, he’s a very strong advocate for the women’s game and I know he has spoken up for not just putting more money into the women’s game but giving a higher status and profile to women’s football.”

“I’m not particularly interested in the background to an organisation if I feel the leadership is intent on taking it forward. And in both UEFA and FIFA there is really the trajectory towards a diverse and much stronger, more modern governance.”

Throughout her career, McAllister has worked as chair of Sport Wales, a member of UK Sport board member, and deputy chair of UEFA’s women’s football committee.

The former


international, who hopes to bring more equality to women’s football, added:

“As a continent, and as a confederation, we’re only as strong as our weakest link.”

“We need to nurture the women’s game, and the men’s game, in the smaller countries as well as the big ones.”

“There are currently countries in UEFA that simply don’t have a women’s A team, or haven’t entered a women’s A team in UEFA competitions, and quite a few that don’t have the resources to enter an under-19s and an under-17s, so we have got to get the pathway right.”

“As (UEFA president) Aleksander Ceferin has said, it’s all about competitive balance and it’s no good the top countries soaring ahead.”

Later wishing to be the voice of players in her position, she said:

“They feel that their voice gets missed in these strategic conversations.”

“I’m still in touch with the current WSL and international players, and I’m always interested in hearing from them about the standard of coaching, the standard of facilities, infrastructure, TV rights, contracts, support, maternity pay, all these critical issues.”

“Were I to be elected, they would have someone who was close enough to know that I would represent their interests when these conversations were happening.”

“That’s critical – there isn’t any point in having women on senior bodies in sport if they’re not connected to the game and don’t understand the grain of the game.”

McAllister insisting that someday women will also lead the FIFA, concluded:

“My experience of modernizing governance is that things can happen quite quickly.”

“What gives me confidence that that might happen – and I say might because the politics will always play out in the way that it does – is that there are a whole host of really talented women working in football across the confederations, some of whom already sit on the FIFA Council, but there are others as well who are really talented, strategic minds who have run organizations at a very senior level.”

source: SportMob

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