Chairman of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Normalisation Committee Clinton Urling and Vice President of the Women’s Football Association Sheron Abrams departed Guyana today for Vancouver Canada, to attend the 6th FIFA Women’s Football Symposium.
The symposium which runs from Friday July 3, to Sunday July 5 will see participation from all 209 FIFA Member Associations.
According to Urling, “the Symposium is timely since the GFF is now resuscitating its women’s football programme and the insights garnered will be useful in ensuring that we execute a successful programme for years to come. Ms. Abrams attendance also strengthens the technical and knowledge capacity of Women’s Football Association and will enable that body to play a crucial role in the rebuilding process of women’s football.”
Invitees from the member associations include each association’s President or General Secretary, as well as one women’s football expert.
The speakers will include FIFA Executive Committee female representatives Lydia Nsekera, Moya Dodd and Sonia Bien-Aime, President of Canada Soccer Victor Montagliani along with other member association representatives and women’s football experts.
FIFA has organised such a symposium every four years since 1995 to create networking opportunities, share case studies, discuss the status of women’s football worldwide and give advice and direction to the member associations.
There will be a strong focus on governance – in particular on how to fully integrate women’s football into the member associations’ strategies and structures.
The results of the FIFA Women’s Football Survey 2014 reiterated the need to improve in various areas including increasing the number of women in football. Symposium participants will discuss the best way forward to ensure more support for women’s football and better decision-making power for those involved in the women’s game so that growth and development can be optimised.
FIFA will use the opportunity to call on the whole football community to unite and support girls and women, and the pathways available to them – both on and off the field. The need to develop female leaders and give opportunities to women to take on leadership positions in football will also be addressed as a crucial element of good governance.
The symposium provides a forum to assess matters related to competitions and development, and explore how these two areas can be more closely linked and incorporated into an overall strategy to ensure success.
Other topics to be discussed include: the player pathway – giving every girl access to football from the grassroots to professional level and beyond; the women’s football pyramid; technical aspects; medical topics; league development; increasing the number of female referees, coaches and other staff; and increasing the number of high-level and professional women’s football leagues and competitions.
Women’s football is one of the fastest growing sports for women and is currently enjoying increased attention from media and sponsors.