FIFA task force proposes Women's Club World Cup
FIFA's Task Force for Women's Football is meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, this week and one of the key proposals moving forward is a plan to establish a Women's Club World Cup.
According to a press release from FIFA, the competition would be a showcase for the top women's club teams in the world and could provide an incentive to clubs, as well as confederations and leagues, to strengthen the clubs and structures in their regions.
The proposal includes the idea of an inaugural Women's Club World Cup taking place in 2017.
The next step for the proposal is for FIFA's Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women's World Cup to look at the plan on Wednesday and submit it to the FIFA Executive Committee for approval.
The executive committee’s next meeting is March 19-20.
"The approval of the 10 key principles by the FIFA Congress last June marked a major milestone for the development of women's football," said Moya Dodd, chair of the task force.
"FIFA is also taking concrete action, for instance the doubling of women's development funding for the 2015-18 cycle, and now further progress is being made towards the creation of a FIFA Women's Club World Cup. All of our efforts need to go in one direction in order to see more women on the football pitch but also involved off the pitch as well."
Dodd, a former Australian player and now a soccer official in that country, is also a member of the FIFA Executive Committee.
- Phil Watson