Nadia Nadim excited to bring global perspective to women’s football review

21 Oct 2021
  • Denmark international giving feedback as part of a wide-ranging review of women’s calendar

  • Jill Ellis leading process with nothing decided on global schedule after 2023

  • Afghanistan-born star: “the game should be for everyone”

Nadia Nadim is calling on over a decade of international experience encompassing almost a century of appearances for Denmark to inform her feedback to a comprehensive analysis of the overall calendar for women’s football, emphasising that her worldwide view can be of benefit in the pursuit of making the game truly global.

As well as being born and raised in Afghanistan and twelve years of service to Denmark, including reaching the final of the last edition of UEFA Women’s EURO in 2017, Nadim can lean on club experience in both Europe and North America when addressing the optimisation of the global schedule for the women’s game.

“I’ve played at the highest level for a really long time and played in the best leagues and clubs around the world,” explained the 33 year-old forward. “I have felt the development [of women’s football] on my own body, and I know what is missing and what we can do to improve it.

“On the other hand, I also feel that because of who I am – because of my background – I understand different cultures and speak a lot of languages. I think that I bring that as well because it’s FIFA, it’s the entire world, the entire globe and it’s not only for some privileged nations. The game should be for everyone.”

The transversal evaluation of the worldwide schedule is being led by double FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis and will gain insights from a broad cross-section of stakeholders with a view to enhancing the game’s annual timetable. The FIFA President’s Vision includes an increase in global competitiveness, which is high on Nadim’s agenda too.

“Increasing competition is self-explanatory: the more competition you have, the higher the grade of player you will have, which will increase the level of the game,” added the Racing Louisville star. “You’re going to make it more attractive to the viewers and that attracts more investment and media attention…all of this starts with competition.

“How do we increase competition? Well, it’s by giving players and nations the tools to compete. I think what the players want is obviously having the same opportunity to compete and having the same level of game practice, because then it’s a fairer competition. It’s easier said than done because women’s football isn’t that great in every country and it’s not prioritised in the same way in every country either.

“What I’m doing to shape the future of women’s football is what I’m doing right now – being a part of the change, telling people how amazing women’s football is, showing how amazing women’s football is and trying to make it better.”