Former USWNT head coach Jill Ellis has joined FIFA as a lead adviser on the way forward for girls’s soccer, tasked to look at adjustments to the worldwide match calendar.
Ellis joins the board as FIFA intensifies their marketing campaign to show the World Cup right into a biennial occasion as a substitute of the present four-year schedule.
The previous head coach led the USWNT to victory on two consecutive events in 2015 and 2019. Now, she’s going to work to attain aggressive steadiness on a worldwide scale as girls’s soccer stays closely skewed towards a couple of elite nations.
“That could be a part of taking a look at completely different levers to tug to develop the sport,” Ellis stated in a video briefing Sunday.
“Every thing goes to be within the scope of dialog, however that has not been decided. I believe that is going to be a part of the dialog of this group is to is to make suggestions.”
“I am conscious that there’s ongoing conversations on the lads’s aspect, however I believe they’re most likely taking a look at plenty of various things by way of dealing with the panorama. One of many issues that I stated to individuals is, ‘Hear, there cannot be a world championship, a serious championship performed on the ladies’s aspect on the identical day as the lads’s aspect.’
“So simply easy calendar alignment and dealing on it cooperatively in order that each the ladies and the lads, sports activities followers can stand tall. In order that’s wanting on the scope of the calendar. And inside that, we’ll most likely come the dialogue on the frequency of of world championships.”
Whereas most individuals are usually in opposition to the novel two-year change for the World Cup, Ellis added that it might convey substantial advantages past financial improve.
“They’re simply huge focus factors by way of simply elevating our sport, not simply by way of the financial drivers of sponsors coming to the desk, however I believe most likely participation will increase after main world occasions,” she defined. “So there’s plenty of causes for us to dig in to what is sensible. However that is nonetheless that’ll be a part of the answer and a part of the main focus group’s job.”
Along with working with FIFA, Ellis stands as president of San Diego’s Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League enlargement staff.