Moya Dodd is a lawyer, sports administrator and a former vice-captain of Australia’s women’s football team, the Matildas. She played in FIFA’s first ever women’s tournament in 1988. Twenty-five years later, she joined the governing body of FIFA - among the most privileged and male-dominated institutions in the world – as one of the first women in its 108-year history.
At the highest levels of football governance, Moya found integrity and gender issues writ large. She was one of only 3 of 27 FIFA Executive Committee members who declined a $25,000 gift watch at the 2014 World Cup. A year later, she found herself in a luxury Zurich hotel as her colleagues were arrested in a dawn raid.
As the 'FIFAGate' scandals unfolded, Moya led the #womeninFIFA reform movement, becoming ‘the driving force in the recent push for women within FIFA’ (New York Times) and ‘one of the most credible and outspoken voices for change within the organization’ (Vice Sports).
Moya’s journey from the national team to the boardroom, combined with over 20 years in law and business, have given her priceless stories and unique insights into complex issues of equality, integrity and change.
She has appeared as a keynote and panelist at numerous public and corporate events around the world, and her views are sought by some of sport's leading figures.
In 2016 she was named the overall winner of the AFR Women of Influence Awards, and in 2018 was named the 7th most powerful woman in international sport (outside the US) by Forbes magazine.
Women in Football Breakfast, hosted by Football Federation SA and Adelaide United, March 2019