By Samantha Lewis
Few people were as exhilarated — and relieved — by the announcement as Emma Evans, the Head of Women’s Football at the OFC. Having spent years working as a development officer across the region, Evans knows better than most the significance of the tournament in helping to grow the women’s game across the Pacific.
“The impact that a World Cup will have on our side of the world will be so much bigger in scale than what it might be in somewhere like France, where you’ve already got professional football, you’ve already got millions involved in the game,” Evans told ESPN.
“Whereas, if you focus purely on the impact it could have here — not only on football but also on the regions across Asia and the Pacific — it’s massive. There’s still so much growth that needs to happen, and I think when people here see just how good women’s football is on a global scale and how big a following it has, perceptions and culture will start to shift.
“It definitely validates the work we’ve been doing. You feel trusted. FIFA knows football can thrive here, and that decision, that level of investment, proves it.”
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