Samoan to head Fifa women’s soccer


THE International Federation of Association Football (Fifa) has announced that Sarai Bareman has been appointed as the chief women’s football officer.
The New Zealander will head the newly-created women’s football division, reporting directly to Fifa deputy secretary-general Zvonimir Boban, and will be part of the Fifa management board.
She will take up her new role on Nov 14.
Building on Fifa’s commitment to support and promote the development of women’s football, Sarai brings a background in finance and football administration to the role of chief women’s football officer.
She also brings a life-long passion for the game, having played from childhood.
Encouraged by her father, a coach, she pursued her love of the game to the highest level, representing the Samoan women’s national football team.
Sarai, as the Samoan Football Association chief executive officer, was responsible for overhauling its financial management and strategic rebuilding. She then took up a role at confederation level, initially as operations manager at the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), before being promoted to the role of OFC deputy secretary-general.

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