Women's football elite gather for symposium
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Hundreds of representatives from all over the globe will assemble in Germany this week as FIFA hosts the 5th FIFA Women’s Football Symposium.

The event, which coincides with the final week of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™, will be held between 15-17 July at the Steigenberger Airport Hotel, Frankfurt.

The last symposium was held at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China and since then women's football has continued to expand exponentially and is a key driver of growth for the sport of football all around the world.

The 2011 Symposium will bring together over 550 representatives of FIFA’s Member Associations from each corner of the world to discuss the on-going and future development of women’s football. 

“The symposium offers an opportunity for the world football community to gather and examine methods to develop and promote the women’s game,” said Tatjana Haenni, FIFA's Head of Women's competitions.

Women’s football is probably the most popular women’s team sport on the planet, but there is still work to be done in many areas so that the game can continue its exponential growth.
Tatjana Haenni, FIFA's Head of Women's competitions

“Women’s football is probably the most popular women’s team sport on the planet, but there is still work to be done in many areas so that the game can continue its exponential growth. The sport must further develop, from grassroots to top level and, in order to be even more successful, it must establish itself as a professional sport, meaning more media coverage, more support from the economy and more women in football are needed.

“The overall objectives of the 2011 symposium will be structure, increasing participation and promotion of the game.

“It also allows the gathered Member Associations the forum to exchange ideas, share experiences and review their strategic approach to women’s football.

“The weekend of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final will provide the perfect backdrop as it demonstrates the power and excellence that the women’s game can offer at its most elite level.”

Elite speakers

FIFA Director Thierry Regenass (Member Associations and Development) will introduce the first topic ‘The Structure of Women’s Football in Member Associations’. Other FIFA Directors that will be presenting topics during the three-day event are Mustapha Fahmy (Competitions), Nicolas Maingot (Communication), Niclas Ericson (TV), Thierry Weil (Marketing).

Keynote speakers include Dr Theo Zwanziger (President, German FA), Lydia Nsekera (President, Burundi FA) and Kelly Simmons (Head of National Game, England FA).

Over the two and a half days, the focus will be on a number of key sectors within the game such as ‘Increasing participation and competitions’ and ‘Promoting the game: Communications & Sponsoring’. The various topics will feature interactive onstage group discussions with a diverse assortment of panellists, each knowledgeable in the women’s game.

The FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter will bring proceedings to a close on the morning of 17 July, with the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final to be held that evening in Frankfurt.