Interview: Laura McAllister and the race to become the most important woman in football

11 February 2021

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Photo: PA Images "...I've always believed that if you can get the governance of an organisation right you deliver more for the subject area, in this case, football," says former Welsh international football captain, Laura McAllister one of UEFA’s two candidates for the women’s seat on the FIFA Council.

Former Wales captain takes on Italy’s Evelina Christillin for a place on the FIFA Council. Good governance is at the heart of her campaign.

McAllister campaigning on broad mandate, but says women’s football “has a profile of assets that probably haven't been maximised yet.”

Britain hasn’t had two representatives at FIFA’s top table since the 1960s when England was awarded the World Cup.

“I think that it's important to have a World Cup back on British soil.”

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

The day of judgement has moved back six weeks to 20 April in the hope that a physical congress might be staged, but Laura McAllister, one of UEFA’s two candidates for the women’s seat on the FIFA Council – football’s ultimate top table – is used to waiting.

Five years ago Wales’s McAllister was all set to stand for FIFA when her run was cut short by a rule dating back to 1946 that prevented a second candidate from the home nations holding a position on FIFA’s ruling council.

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