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Dodd seeks top FIFA post

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016 Ben McKay

Australia's leading voice for reform of FIFA, Moya Dodd, insists change is afoot at football's governing body even if it's coming at glacial pace.

After helping shape the reform package that aims to bring credibility back to the disgraced organisation, Dodd is on the campaign trail to help implement it.

She's one of three candidates standing for the female Asian seat on the FIFA Council, with the election in India on September 27.

The former Matilda is a voice for change inside the notoriously male-dominated and corruption-riddled body, which elected Gianni Infantino to succeed Sepp Blatter as president in February.

Infantino is yet to return the outside world's confidence to FIFA.

Reform advocate group 'New FIFA Now' issued him a red card for his first 100 days in power characterised by "allegations of greed and nepotism, and PR froth and bubble".

Despite that, Dodd believes good things to come to those patiently working for it.

"It quite tangibly is a new era," she told AAP.

"The president is new. The general secretary is new. A lot of the people on the old FIFA executive committee are no longer there for one reason or another.

"You've got a Senegalese Muslim woman (Fatma Samoura) who is the (secretary general).

"Are we at a point of perfection? No. There's still some way to go."

FIFA's slow embrace of women in decision-making posts shows how far it has still to go.

After 100 years of excluding women, Dodd was one of the first brought into the fold in 2013.

Under changes that Dodd helped to shape, six women - one from every confederation - are guaranteed places on the newly-formed Council, compared with 31 men.

Now, she's determined to leave her mark and has gathered high-profile supporters to help sway voters, including legendary American footballer Mia Hamm and trailblazing tennis star Billie Jean King.

Running against Bangladesh's Mahfuza Ahkter and Han Un Gyong of North Korea, Dodd's biggest threat could be an unlikely intervention from Asian powerbrokers.

After visiting Myanmar, Thailand, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates in the past two months, and dropping in on the Matildas in Brazil for the Olympic Games, Dodd says she feels confident.

"I've had very good discussions in all of those places," she said.

"All I can do is put forward the message that I think I've got the skills and the experience and credibility to help be a part of Asia'a best team in FIFA.

"I'm getting more confident every day."

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