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FIFA looks to grow game for women

AFPPARIS (AFP-Jiji) — FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, wants to double the number of female players, saying Wednesday it has set out “concrete projects” as a means to achieve that goal.

FIFA is aiming for 60 million female players worldwide by 2026, while professionalizing clubs and national leagues.

“The three overriding objectives that we have are: increasing participation, enhancing the commercial value and building the foundations,” Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s Chief Woman Football Officer, told AFP.

She said one aim is “developing the coaches, the referees, the administration, the people who are around the women’s game in order that everything we do can be sustainable and have a strong structure.”

Bareman said FIFA wanted change off the field as well, “bringing more women into the decision making body.”

She added that increasing revenue was an important part of the strategy.

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