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English FA chooses first female leader

The English Football Association (EFA) has nominated Debbie Hewitt as its first woman leader in its 158 years  of existence.

Hewitt said in an FA statement on Tuesday that she would “relish the opportunity to chair an organisation that has the potential to be a very positive force for good throughout the game and across society.”

The English FA said its ruling council will be asked to formally ratify Hewitt’s appointment at a meeting on July 22.

She will join an organization which is considering making a bid to host the 2030 World Cup jointly with the rest of the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic.

Hewitt, an experienced businesswoman, is set to join football’s original national body in January, 2022. She is expected to take up the prestigious job fourteen months after  Greg Clarke resigned in fallout from making offensive comments on race, gender and sexuality at a parliamentary hearing.

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