A new program has been launched to improve female representation at football board level.
The world union of FIFPRO players has joined forces with the Women In Football network to create “Ready to Board”.
Twelve women will be identified by the national players’ unions, with priority given to members and staff of existing unions.
Those selected would take a leadership course that would equip them to serve on FIFPRO’s global board of directors. Starting in November, the world council will include three women from Europe and one each from Africa, Asia and the Americas.
FIFPRO General Secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann said: “We are delighted to enter into this partnership with ‘Women in Football’ to help make professional football more inclusive at the executive level.
“Most boards are almost exclusively for men and any change to the status quo is slow.
“As an industry we need to accelerate change much faster, and we are proud that FIFPRO and player unions are contributing to this process. This is the first in a series of steps FIFPRO is taking to ensure that we continue to progress and provide the best possible representation of football players. “
Women In Football President Ebru Koksal said: “We are delighted that FIFPRO is committed to increasing female representation at board level.
“This program will provide women with a new path to leadership positions in FIFPRO and national players’ associations.”
The deadline for program applications is March 15.