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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 – News – FIFA appoints Chief Operating Officers for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

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FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ - News - FIFA appoints Chief Operating Officers for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™

FIFA has introduced at the moment the appointment of two Chief Operating Officers (COOs) in Australia and New Zealand respectively for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.

Following their preliminary appointment final 12 months to guide the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ workplace of their respective host nations, Jane Fernandez has now been named because the COO for Australia, with Jane Patterson being formally appointed because the COO for New Zealand.

Jane Fernandez led Football Australia’s profitable joint bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 and was subsequently appointed as Head of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Office (Australia). In addition, she was Head of Sport for the Australian Olympic Committee and Tournament Director of the AFC Asian Cup 2015.

Jane Patterson has labored on sports activities occasions throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the UK, together with a variety of world championships in netball, BMX, para-swimming and taekwondo and main occasions together with the Ironman Triathlon and the New Zealand Open golf event. She was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2016 in recognition of her achievements in service to sport and labored for New Zealand Football as Project Director for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

Jane Patterson, COO for New Zealand

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Speaking in regards to the announcement FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura mentioned: “Today’s announcement adds to the excitement around the ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. We are delighted to welcome Jane Patterson and Jane Fernandez on board as Chief Operating Officers for the competition. Their skill, experience in leading multi-talented teams and passion for football will be key to ensuring the delivery of the FIFA Women’s World Cup at the highest level.”

James Johnson, Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, added: “We are delighted that Jane Fernandez has been appointed to this prestigious and important position, and that her vast knowledge and skillset will continue to be utilised by FIFA for the biggest sporting event to be held on Australian soil since Sydney 2000.”

Andrew Pragnell, CEO of New Zealand Football mentioned: “New Zealand Football are thrilled to see Jane Patterson confirmed as Chief Operating Officer (New Zealand) for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. Jane has done a stellar job to date as Project Director for the Initial Operating Phase and we are delighted to see her continue to bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to the tournament.”

Jane Fernandez, COO for Australia

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As a part of their new roles, the newly-appointed COOs will oversee the operational elements of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand.

In 2023, the FIFA Women’s World Cup shall be co-hosted for the primary time in FIFA’s historical past throughout two confederations. In addition, the variety of groups collaborating will enhance from 24 on the eighth version of the competitors in France 2019, to 32 in 2023.  

Recruitment has additionally began for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) function for the event. Details have been posted on the careers part of and on the Football Australia and New Zealand Football web sites.

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