Former USA head coach Jill Ellis insists that a biennial Women's World Cup is not a "foregone conclusion" and will be voted on.
Ellis, a two-time winner of the competition, is leading the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for women’s football and on Monday provided a brief presentation in which she discussed the future of the women’s game.
The TAG, which is made up of players, coaches, referees, administrators, sports scientists and executives and features representation from each of the six continental confederations, have met to debate the proposed reforms.
Critical to these is the plan to bring the global qualifying process under the control of FIFA, with all the revenue and sponsorship potential that encompasses.
At the latest meeting last week, issues discussed included competitive balance, increased opportunities for underserved nations, a Women’s Club World Cup, international windows, prize money and the possibility of staging a biennial World Cup.
Ellis could not confirm if the vote among the FIFA member associations to stage both a men’s and women’s World Cup every two years would be taken separately or together.
"I don’t know that, I would imagine that you have to look at them independently," said the 55-year-old.
"We’ve had great conversations and people representing their ideas. I can’t say this is a foregone conclusion. I’ve told people that I need you to passionately discuss through your perspective and experiences, but then I also ask them to appreciate other points of view.
"I’ve had current players say: "I never would have thought of that, I hadn’t really thought about how the rest of the world was going through their qualifiers".
"The lever that the Women’s World Cup holds in terms of elevating our sport is massive and that’s why the biennial Women’s World Cup is in conversation because we recognise that domestically there’s a benefit – viewership comes up after a major world event, leagues have been started, players have been discovered.
"There’s so many positives that come from a World Cup. This is a democracy, this is going to go to a vote ultimately."