It might be argued that no-one does more for women's coaching in England than Mo Marley. As well as being a key member of the England setup, as U-19/U-20 coach, she is also the manager of Everton Ladies, who ended Arsenal's dominance of the English game by clinching the FA Women's League Cup with a 1-0 victory over the Gunners back in February.
However, it is not as though Marley's contribution to the game has gone unnoticed. In December 2005 she was awarded with an MBE from the Queen for her services to the women's game on Merseyside and almost three years later she is turning her attention on taking charge of the young Lionesses in her first FIFA World Cup as head coach.
It's been a long wait for the England squad and Marley to get to Chile, having qualified for the tournament back in July 2007 with a 3-0 win over Norway in the semi-finals of the UEFA U-19 Women's Championship. Now they are preparing to meet Nigeria, New Zealand and hosts Chile in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup which kicks-off on the 19 November.
FIFA.com: How did you feel about drawing the hosts? Were they a team you were hoping to avoid?
Mo Marley: Normally you wouldn't want to draw the hosts, because of the crowd, and the huge expectations, but now that we've drawn them, it's not an obstacle, it's a challenge that we've got ahead of us, and we've just got to be able to cope and deal with it. When we went in February, they had mass support, and we were very impressed with the way the crowd got behind them in the mini-tournament. So it will be an advantage for them, but that's part of playing in a major championship. Now that we've accepted it and have a strategy to deal with it, it's going to be very exciting. We're relishing the occasion and we're going to be inspired by it.
You play them in your opening game - how are you planning to keep the crowd and the team quiet?
It's going to be a new experience for us, especially with this group of players that we've got, and that's part of a learning phase for these potential great players of the future. Every game you play in a World Cup is massive, and the home crowd will pose a different challenge for our players, but our players are going to have to adapt quickly. But they all want to play on the world stage, they all want to play in front of big crowds. And this is their opportunity to show the people of Chile their quality.
Chile's captain Daniela Pardo has taken great confidence from the last meeting between the two sides in La Serena - but how confident are you that you can get a result?
It will be difficult. When we played them in February it was a difficult game for us, we found it difficult to break them down, and it's understandable that they took great confidence from it. I'd like to think that post-those experiences, given how far we've come since then, that we're better equipped going into the next game, with more experience, more ideas in terms of problem-solving. That's how the players have moved on. Every game is a tall order, and that game will be a big test for us.
Speaking about returning to Chile - do you think the country are going to host a great tournament? What were your impressions on your previous visit?
Although we didn't do well in the competition in February, we thought it was a fantastic tournament, the way it was run, we were very impressed with the atmosphere, the crowds, the passion for football, and that was just a small sample of it! I've no doubt that the World Cup will be massive, and I've no doubt that the people of Chile will support it. The passion and the atmosphere was amazing, and it's something that really stayed with our players.
What are your expectations for your side in the tournament?
The group is an inexperienced one. There are a lot of youngsters who could have qualified for the U-17 tournament, but were selected on ability. So it's difficult to anticipate how far we're going to go. At this age group, it's all about how they perform on the day.
What do you consider your team's greatest strength to be?
When we've done well in the past, that's been down to the honesty and integrity of the team, the respect they have for each other. Part of the reason we qualified is that all the individuals came together as a collective unit on the pitch.
A lot of your squad are playing regular football in the FA Women's Premier League? How important is that for their development?
It's fantastic, because these young players are playing regularly against the likes Faye White, Kelly Smith, Sue Smith, and other internationals. Our league does invest in young players of the future, the clubs are happy to give the players that experience, regardless of their age. That can only help them progress as individual players.
You'll be coming up against New Zealand and their English coach John Herdman, who also coaches their senior side. What do you think about the job he's done down there?
I've met John when we were at the draw in Chile, and I was able to watch the New Zealand U-20 team play against Chile then. I was impressed with the way the team played, technically they were good and physically they were good. I think everyone has been pleasantly surprised with their U-17 team as well. We have to give them respect. I thought John Herdman was a very nice guy, but I'm sure he's just as ambitious as any of us!
How much do you know about Nigeria?
We don't know a lot about Nigeria, but luckily we have the opportunity to watch them [in Chile] before we play them.