Abby Wambach: Fifa needs to do more to develop women's football

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Wambach calls for more women in Fifa

Fifa needs to do more to develop women's football, according to United States striker Abby Wambach.

Speaking to the BBC on International Women's Day, the US' all-time leading scorer urged football's governing body Fifa to give more financial backing.

"The growth of women's soccer and women's sports all around the world has been slow," Wambach, 34, said.

"It [support] not only has to come from Fifa, it needs to come from specific federations around the world."

Wambach, whose club side is the Western New York Flash, also said she would be "open" to a future role within Fifa and would like to see more women in the governing body.

The two-time Olympic medallist added: "Many [female] players, thousands of players are playing professional soccer, but then they have to have another job.

"How do you expect them to be as good as they possibly can on the pitch if they are going to have to go and earn money nine till five doing something completely different? And then in their lunchtime, before or after work they have to go train?

"I hope we can get to a point where women players are being paid properly all around the world so the only thing they have to worry about is playing football and playing football alone."

The 2012 women's world player of the year, who has scored 178 international goals in 236 games, said she was "open to having conversations" with the world governing body about taking on a role in the future.

"I am not a politician by nature, but I will say I think there need to be more women in Fifa, and I would be open to having those conversations when the time is right."

Burundi FA president Lydia Nsekera was voted on to Fifa's executive committee in May 2013, and is serving a four-year term, while Australia's Moya Dodd and Sonia Bien Aime of the Turks and Caicos Islands are co-opted members for special tasks.

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