Moya Dodd (Getty)

(WFI) FIFA Executive Committee member Moya Dodd says the first women’s football task force has put the governing body “on track” to develop the game worldwide.

Dodd, Australia’s co-opted FIFA ExCo member and the first woman on the AFC Executive Committee member, chaired the meeting in Zurich on Wednesday.

FIFA said the task force discussed the current status of the sport and focused on the creation of a FIFA strategy for women’s football in the short and longer term.

Governance, development, marketing, communications and gender equality were among the agenda items.

The creation of a FIFA Women’s Club World Cup was discussed and will be examined further.

“We are well on track after a very constructive first meeting. We now need to implement our proposals and work to bring our views and ideas into reality,” Dodd said in a statement.

“FIFA must be the engine of women’s football development and the task force will do its best to succeed in its mission.”

The meeting was opened by president Sepp Blatter, who later tweeted that it was “important to develop a clear strategy for the future” of women’s football.

The FIFA ExCo decided to create the task force a few months ago to identify and establish priorities for the development of women’s football.

The outcome and proposals of the task force will now be presented to the FIFA Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup at its Feb. 13 meeting.

Other committee members included Junko Imai, AFC Women’s Committee member and deputy chairwoman of the Japanese FA Women’s Committee, Fran Hilton-Smith, technical director of the South African Football Association and
Nicola Demaine, women’s football development officer at the Oceania Football Confederation.

FIFA No. 2 Jérôme Valcke, Thierry Regenass, FIFA’s development & member associations director, and Tatjana Haenni, FIFA’s deputy director of competitions for women’s football, also attended.

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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