Former U.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis has been appointed by FIFA to lead a Technical Advisory Group on the future of women’s soccer, which will consider the future of the women’s game, the organization announced Sunday.
Ellis, who directed the USA to back-to-back Women’s World Cup championships, will work with stakeholders from all platforms to examine and explore ways to improve the current match calendar and build global development and competitiveness.
“I look forward to working with FIFA and bringing together the best minds in our sport. I anticipate diverse and meaningful dialogue to examine how to enhance the women’s football landscape.” Ellis said in a statement. “Potential areas of discussion will include introducing more meaningful and regular competition at all levels globally, optimizing youth development structures, and improving coaching and education standards within the game. However, it is not an exhaustive list; everything is on the table.”
Ellis directed the USWNT to titles in 2015 and 2019.
“It is an exciting time for women’s football which grows from strength to strength, but it is vital that we do not stand still.” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a statement. “Jill’s experience and expertise, combined with her forward-looking mindset makes her the perfect candidate to explore and lead the way forward to ensure this positive trajectory continues.”