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"FIFA President Infantino Praises Women's Football and Coaches at Zurich Forum"
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino has praised the remarkable success of women’s football on the global stage, highlighting its significant impact on changing perceptions. Speaking at the Coaches Forum held at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, Infantino expressed his admiration for the outstanding football showcased during the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ last summer.

Infantino emphasized the exceptional quality of play, citing incredible goals and the overall performance of the athletes that captivated audiences worldwide. He acknowledged that the tournament served as a pivotal moment for many viewers who, perhaps for the first time, recognized the excellence and excitement that women’s football brings to the sporting world.

The President stressed the importance of building on this newfound appreciation, emphasizing the need to continue fostering the growth and recognition of women’s football globally. The Coaches Forum, which spanned two days, provided a platform for coaches to share insights on technical, competition, and refereeing matters.

During the discussions, Infantino discussed the expansion of youth competitions, revealing plans to increase the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to 24 teams. Additionally, the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is set to become an annual event in the future, demonstrating FIFA’s commitment to promoting women’s football at various levels.

The recent Women’s World Cup has not only elevated the status of women’s football but has also sparked crucial conversations and initiatives within the football community. The Coaches Forum serves as evidence of FIFA’s dedication to advancing the sport, offering a platform for collaboration and the exchange of ideas among football leaders.

Piers Potter

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