KEIR RADNEDGE at DEAD SEA: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted regularly that the reform process within the world federation should be imitated by all six regional confederations and all 209 member associations.

Last year, as part of that process, the world federation not elected a woman on to its executive committee in Burundi’s Lydia Nsekera but co-opted two more in Australia’s Moya Dodd and Sonia Bien-Aime from Turks and Caicos.

Dodd, in Jordan today, told the Soccerex Asian Forum* that all national associations should follow FIFA’s example as far as secure female representation is concerned at senior level.

The former Australian international, though not necessarily an advocate of quotas, thought football could be assessed as an exception.

Dodd, a vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation, said: “If we waited for the system to produce women of its own accord it would take a very long time so in the world of football there is a lot to be said for quotas.”

Asked whether all member associations should have at least one woman on the board, she said: “That would be be a positive move.

“Many national associations already have a woman on their executive committee and there are dozens around the world but to ask each national association to adopt what FIFA has done and ensure a minimum number would be positive thing.”