Women’s Football Convention gets off to encouraging start


The first day of the FIFA Women’s Football Convention 2019 was packed with fantastic presentations – complete with powerful messages – as well as inspiring stories. Advice and examples of best practice were shared, with the overall goal of enhancing the development of women’s football.

Here you can re-watch the opening day’s presentations, while below we have highlighted some of the most pertinent quotes from Paris.

⤵️ Download the full agenda here and find the session that most interests you.

What they said…

“If we really want to achieve viable and sustainable growth in women’s football, we have to run the rule over every factor in its ecosystem. Of course, more funding would be a tremendously positive change, but in most countries what we actually need is a cultural change, a change in perception.”

Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer

“We’ve talked a lot about the ‘what’ and ‘how’ in terms of boosting women’s football, but we’ve forgotten the ‘why’ – because more balance will give us better football.”

Hakan Sjostrand, General Secretary of the Swedish Football Association