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FIFA has announced that four candidates have been put forward to represent women’s football on its executive committee through 2017.

FIFA has announced that four candidates have been put forward to represent women’s football on its executive committee through 2017.

Each confederation had a deadline of January 31 to propose a female candidate, with Moya Dodd (Asian Football Confederation), Lydia Nsekera (Confederation of African Football), Sonia Bien-Aime (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) and Paula Kearns (Oceania Football Confederation) being nominated. Bien-Aime, general secretary of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association, made headlines in 2011 when it emerged she declined US$40,000 offered to her association by Mohamed bin Hammam during the FIFA presidential campaign that ultimately ended in the downfall of the former AFC chief.

Nsekera, president of the Burundi Football Association and a member of the Committee for Women’s Football, the Women’s World Cup and of the organising committee for the Olympic football tournaments, has been the co-opted member of the FIFA Executive Committee since the 2012 Congress. Australian Dodd currently serves as a vice-president of the AFC, while Kearns is the audit chairwoman of the New Zealand Football Association.

The appointment of a woman to FIFA’s Executive Committee is part of the reform process of world football’s governing body. A revision of the FIFA Statutes was approved by a vote taken at the 2012 Congress in Budapest for an additional Executive Committee member to be appointed. The election to determine who secures the four-year term will be held at FIFA’s 2013 Congress in Mauritius on May 31.

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