The two-day symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners from around the world to critically examine the transnational system of governance that regulates football (soccer) through the lens of gender. The presentation and discussion of interdisciplinary research on this topic aims to elucidate the operation of discrimination in and through the structures, rules, and practices of football governance; to assess various understandings of, and approaches to, advancing gender equality in this context; and to contemplate innovative ideas for feminist reforms or reimaginations of an increasingly complex and globalized system of significant social, economic, and political import.

This symposium is convened by Joseph Weiler, Professor of Law, and Michele Krech, JSD Candidate, NYU School of Law, with support from the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice.

It will feature expert commentary from Brenda Elsey, Associate Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Hofstra University, and Brendan Schwab, Executive Director of the World Players Association.

Due to space constraints, seating is limited and advance registration is required. Click here to RSVP.  If you have any questions, please email


9:00                              Welcome

9:30 – 9:45                   Opening Remarks

9:45 – 10:45                  Feminist Governance Beyond the State: FIFA as a New Transnational Battleground for Feminism (Antoine Duval)

11:00 – 12:00                Politics and Gender in Argentine Football Clubs: An Ethnographic Approach to the Gender Department of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata (Julia Hang)

12:15 – 1:15                  Governmentality and Gender Equality Politics in African Women’s Football: A Discourse Analysis of Selected Media Texts (Jimoh Shehu)

2:15 – 3:15                   Athlete Perspectives (Gabriela Garton and Khalida Popal)

3:30 – 4:30                   A View from the Top: Women Leaders and Contradictory Constructions of Gender Inequality in Football Leadership (Amée Gill)

4:45 – 5:45                   FIFA Governance Reform: How Crisis Opened the Door for an Ethics of Care (EoC) Approach (Moya Dodd and Catherine Ordway)

5:45                              Closing Remarks


9:00 – 9:45                   Welcome Back & Opening Remarks

9:45 – 10:45                  The Gender Pay Gap: How FIFA’s Women’s Football Strategy Dropped the Ball (Claire Popplewell-Scevak)

11:00 – 12:00                A European Route to Equal Pay in FIFA World Cups? (Sarah Katharina Stein)

12:15 – 1:15                  FIFA, Feminism, and Forum: The US Women’s National Team’s Threat to FIFA’s Sovereignty (J Mia Tsui)

2:15 – 3:15                   The Role of Domestic Litigation in Leveling the Field for Women’s Soccer in Colombia (Nina Chaparro, María Ximena Dávila and Nelson Camilo Sanchez)

3:30 – 4:30                   Transformative Equality, Due Diligence and Football Governance: The Role of CEDAW (Carmen Pérez)

4:45 – 5:45                   Addressing Women’s Rights Risks in Football: A Gender-Lens on FIFA’s Responsibilities under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (Daniela Heerdt and Nadia Bernaz)

5:45                              Closing Remarks