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Blatter wants more women running ´macho´ soccer

27 September 2007 13:55

HANGZHOU, China (AFP) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter Thursday hailed the advances made by women in "macho" football, and said he wanted to see more females in the corridors of power.

"It's been a great spectacle of women's football here," he said on the sidelines of the women's World Cup.

"Generally speaking, it is a big improvement by all the teams from four years ago in the United States.

"There has been an improvement in the speed of the games. Also, importantly, though not by all the teams, there has been an improvement in tactics.

"All in all, compared to 2003, women's football has moved to a new level, but not in all continents. It is now our duty to develop women's football everywhere."

The World Cup has seen average crowds of 38,000 fans, which Blatter said was hugely encouraging.

Now he wants to see more women's professional leagues and more women in senior positions in FIFA, the world governing body, and national federations.

"Football is a macho organisation and this is not correct because football is for all," he said.

"I want to give women more positions inside FIFA, although when it comes to the FIFA Executive Committee it is not easy because they are elected by national federations.

"At the moment, the only chance for a women to be elected by FIFA to the Executive Committee is to challenge the president, and that's me."

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