FFA Director and Asian Football Confederation Vice President Moya Dodd was today appointed as a member of the FIFA Executive Committee.
Dodd, a former international with the Matildas, was co-opted to the ExCo at the 2013 FIFA Congress in Mauritius.
“I can’t wait to get started in my new role,” said Dodd. “I commit myself to putting the interests of football first, strengthening its governance and promoting further development of inclusion in football, especially for women.
“I would like to acknowledge the strong support of my confederation the AFC, who had the faith to nominate me for a female position in the first place."
FFA Chairman Frank Lowy AO congratulated Moya Dodd on her elevation.
“For the first time ever an Australian will sit at the top table of world football,” said Lowy.
“As a former international who still plays football and life-long devotee of the game, Moya brings a passion to the role. As a lawyer and long-time administrator she brings experience and knowledge. The FIFA ExCo will benefit from her contribution.”
In the election for the four-year term reserved for a representative of women’s football on the FIFA ExCo, Lydia Nsekera, President of the Burundi FA, was successful polling 95 votes of the 205 votes cast by FIFA's Member Federations. Moya Dodd polled 70 votes and Sonia Bien-Aime, CEO of the Turks and Caicos Islands FA, polled 38 votes.
“I congratulate Lydia on her election and look forward to working alongside her on the ExCo,” said Dodd. "My colleagues at FFA were exceptional in supporting my campaign. I thank the Chairman Frank Lowy, the Deputy Chairman Brian Schwartz and the CEO David Gallop, who were with me all the way at the Congress."
Sonia Bien-Aime was also co-opted to the FIFA ExCo. The election and two appointments occurred under new FIFA provisions to increase female representation on the game's highest administrative body.