‘Captains of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow.’ That was the fitting title of a two-day workshop held in Moscow this week for captains of the national teams qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup taking place in France this August.
FIFA brought together the players, plus six young referees representing the confederations, to help develop their leadership skills both on the field and off it.
“One of the challenges in women’s football is a lack of role models for young girls,” said FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Bareman.
“We want to build these captains and referees into future role models by equipping them with the skills they need in order to lead. This is also a chance to bring them close to FIFA and show them that we are real people doing real things to develop women’s football.”