Abby Wambach Attributes Corruption in FIFA to Lack of Women

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2015

United States Women's National Soccer Team players Abby Wambach, left, and Carli Lloyd arrive with their team for a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, where President Barack Obama will honor the United States Women's National Soccer Team and their victory in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Wambach, the leading career scorer, male or female, in international soccer, announced her retirement from soccer on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, shortly after the U.S. national team celebrated its Women's World Cup victory at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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At a National Press Club event in Washington D.C., soccer star Abby Wambach spoke about FIFA's corruption and the lack of women in leadership positions within the organization.

"We need to get more women in FIFA and the executive board making decisions," Wambach said, via Thomas Floyd of Goal.

Wambach added: "It's been made clear the corruption in FIFA is maybe in large part because there aren't enough women in FIFA."

Wambach, 35, announced on Tuesday that she would be retiring from soccer in December, per USSoccer.com.

She'll finish her career as the all-time leading goalscorer in international soccer for both men and women (she currently has 184 international goals) and as both a World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

In her 15-year career, she became the most decorated soccer player in the U.S. women's national team's history, along with being one of the dominant forces in the women's game from her forward position. She also won the 2012 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. 

Her legacy in the game makes her one of the most dynamic ambassadors for both women's soccer and female sports in general, and she intends to be an advocate for women in her post-retirement life.

"It will be my life's mission to make sure women are given all of the opportunities they deserve," she said on Wednesday, via Floyd.

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Perhaps she will begin by further advocating for more women in leadership positions within FIFA. Soccer's governing body is in utter upheaval after a number of arrests on corruption charges shook its foundations.

Meanwhile, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been suspended from the organization along with UEFA president Michel Platini, who was considered the front-runner to replace Blatter in the upcoming presidential elections this winter.

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