Focus on women's football in Africa, Asia
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Over the next few weeks, the focus of the footballing world in Africa and Asia turns to the women's game. From 18 to 20 November, Johannesburg is the venue for a FIFA/CAF conference reviewing the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™. Then, from 6 to 8 December, FIFA and the AFC host a similar conference in Kuala Lumpur dedicated to last summer’s FIFA Women's World Cup.

The programme includes all the highlights from the global showdown, and the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) analysis of tactical developments seen during the tournament. The FIFA/CONCACAF conference follows from 26 to 29 January 2012, with the FIFA/UEFA conference in March.

“The FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany was the best of all time," declared FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter in the foreword to the technical report on the tournament, published in September. “In every respect, this World Cup demonstrated the great progress made by women's football, starting with the average of only 2.7 goals per game, the lowest ever recorded." The FIFA President’s words underline not only the huge strides taken by the women's game, but also confirm the success of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011.

The first of the conferences kicks off this week in Johannesburg. The programme includes a presentation of the key success factors at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011, a general analysis of the tournament, and podium discussions on the women's game in Africa, technical developments, and current trends. Eiji Ueda, chair of the Japanese FA women's committee, and Hiroyuki Horino, assistant coach of the Japan women's national team, will introduce the reigning world champions in more detail.

At the conference in Kuala Lumpur in early December, the focus switches to women's football in Asia, examining its potential, the challenges, possible solutions and next steps. Topics such as talent-spotting and the role of the national coach in youth development, women's leagues, and the importance of national players featuring in league action at home and abroad are among the agenda items.

Key dates in 2011:
FIFA/CAF conference on the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011
Johannesburg (South Africa): 18 to 20 November 2011

FIFA/AFC conference on the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). 6 to 8 December 2011