As the U.S. prepares to defend its title against the Netherlands, the group has gathered in a country house and is looking past the big match to the future of the sport.
Gabriela Garton (Argentina), Sarah Gregorius (New Zealand), Daniela Pardo (Chile) and Elise Kellond-Knight (Australia) are gathered in a spacious room with a wooden floor. Also here is retired Japanese great Aya Miyama.
It’s the second meeting to discuss FIFPRO’s Global Player Council, a platform for men and women footballers to discuss and communicate on key issues in the game. (A few weeks earlier, male players including Giorgio Chiellini and Vincent Kompany held an initial meeting in southern France.)
In the summer haze of this rustic setting, the future of women’s international football is coming under debate.