Gwen Salmon, Vice President of the ABFA was appointed as one of the four Match Commissioners to the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games being held in Toronto from July 7th to 26th. Vice President Salmon was also one of the 35 females chosen for the FIFA Female Leadership Development programme for the next nine months. An initiative that will provide support to women across the globe who are looking to become future leaders in football. Vice President Salmon and ABFA President Everton Gonsalves will travel for the The first module of the programme which kicks off in Vancouver on 4 July, just prior to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ Final.

“The objective of the FIFA Female Leadership Development Programme is to increase the number of female leaders and role models in football,” says FIFA President Blatter. “It is crucial for the development of our sport to support the emerging generation of female leaders in football. We are also hoping to see more former players involved in leading roles.”
A total of 35 promising female leaders from around the world will get together for three workshops during the course of the programme, which will involve extensive fieldwork over a nine-month period, with each participant required to work on an individual project that has the potential to transform the state of girls’ and women’s football. Participants will also have the opportunity to be paired with an experienced mentor who will advise them on their leadership skills development.
“This programme will give 35 outstanding women the opportunity to fulfil their leadership potential in football,” says Moya Dodd, FIFA Executive Committee co-opted member and chair of FIFA’s Task Force for Women’s Football.

The two subsequent modules for the 2015/16 edition will take place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich from 28 September to 2 October 2015 and from 29 February to 3 March 2016. The participants selected have all been involved in women’s football and have played a key role at the member associations or at FIFA itself. They represent a wide range of regions, backgrounds and organisations, thereby bringing together diverse and unique personal experiences. The programme is being designed and delivered in partnership with the THNK School of Creative Leadership.