More competitive opportunities will benefit the global game
24 Oct 2021
Hong Kong women’s head coach says increasing competition to elite level will help everyone in the game
Brazilian national says accelerating game growth is of paramount importance
Collaboration is key to the consultation process led by Jill Ellis
Ricardo Rambo says proposals discussed by TAG members have the potential to help accelerate competitiveness in women’s football around the world and increase the participation of the next generation of players, coaches, referees and administrators.
Rambo is part of the broad consultation process led by two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis. The process runs alongside a process to further improve elements of men’s football, led by FIFA’s Global Development Officer Arsène Wenger. Both were created to gather feedback on how best to increase the competitive balance, provide more opportunities, and enable higher global participation in both sports.
Rambo, who has over 15 years of coaching experience – including four in his most recent role as head of the Hong Kong Women’s National Team – said the upcoming cycle change for the schedule international represents an opportunity to further accelerate an already successful period of growth for women’s football.
He praised FIFA for its efforts and said it was important to recognize the need for continuous overall improvement in women’s football through various initiatives, including the optimization of the international calendar – in a way that benefits all levels of football.
“I think it’s important to be heard, to put discussions on the table to help people understand the different areas of this group,” he said. “Also understand that every culture is different in every country. I think that’s where FIFA comes in to provide support and also better understanding. “
He continued, “We are helping to give many opportunities to girls and to women’s football. What we do is give them the opportunity to have a dream, to have a career, to develop their career, and that’s where we set ourselves up.
“I think the project itself will help us achieve these goals by giving these players more opportunities to play, more opportunities to have more competition on the pitch. It is an important part of the development of every player.
As part of the overall consultation process, FIFA also meets with other stakeholders in women’s football, including member associations, confederations, clubs, leagues and teams.
Rambo, a Brazilian national, says the opportunity for Asian and South American teams to participate in more frequent and competitive matches can only be positive when looking to accelerate their growth. He also stressed the importance of global collaboration in the reform process.
“Others can participate in building the future by discussing, creating different ideas, being part of the program, creating different programs to improve the future of our football,” he continued.
“This is how we have to work – together, to understand, to make changes when you need to make changes – but all with the same goal: to make football better every day. “
The Ellis-led process also involves consulting and advising on several other current issues in the game, including the lack of a mandatory rest period for players, the excessive number of trips and the constant disruption of the domestic leagues.