Sydney summit looks to find ways for football to capitalise on World Cup success

Leaders in global football will gather in Sydney for a two-day summit ahead of Sunday’s final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

FIFA will host the convention as the game’s global governing body seeks to capitalise on the excitement and momentum generated by the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament they consider the greatest ever.

Leaders, legends, coaches and administrators from around the world will gather at Sydney’s International Convention Centre.

Main photo: Football leaders will gather in Sydney where the World Cup final will be staged on Sunday August 20. Photo credit: FIFA.

The two-day programme will follow the five pillars of FIFA’s Women’s Football Strategy: Develop and grow, showcase the game, communicate and commercialise, govern and lead, and educate and empower.

Through a series of speeches, panel sessions and demonstrations, the convention will celebrate the success stories of women’s football globally, while offering a platform for FIFA’s member associations (MAs) to connect and share best practices.

Representatives from all MAs are invited, as well as the six confederations and other FIFA stakeholders and commercial affiliates.

Gianni Infantino … ‘wonderful to see how quickly women’s football has advanced.’

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said:

“We are at a remarkable moment in the development of women’s football. As we witness the greatest-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup – with records being broken on a daily basis – it is essential that we also maintain this momentum across all aspects of our sport.

“This convention follows the inaugural edition in France in 2019. But in four short years — and backed by FIFA’s dedicated funding through a global pandemic — it is wonderful to see how quickly women’s football has advanced.

“I look forward to joining friends and colleagues from across the world of women’s football to ensure the momentous things we are achieving here in Australia and New Zealand are used to further boost the sport — and to ensure this tournament not only inspires a new generation of female footballers, but also empowers a new generation of leaders.”

Fatma Samoura … ‘this tournament is a game-changer.’

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said:

“We can already say with confidence that this tournament is a game-changer for women’s football.

“The crowds, the atmosphere and the quality of football we have seen already has been exceptional. I look forward to reflecting on that success and taking another enormous step to building on it at the Second FIFA Women’s Football Convention.”

As well as opening addresses by the FIFA President and FIFA Secretary General, keynote addresses will be made by:

  • Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis,
  • The Best FIFA Women’s Coach from 2021, Emma Hayes.
  • FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger.
  • England and Arsenal legend – and passionate advocate of women’s football – Ian Wright.

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