The first female vice-president in the history of FIFA, Debbie Hewitt, has been elected to represent the British interests on the international football governing body’s Fifa Council. Hewitt, who is also serving as the chair of the Football Association, sees her position on the Council as one from which she can lobby for effective responses to controversial events, such as the rainbow armband issue at last year’s World Cup. As the representative for the UK on the Council, Hewitt is the holder, amongst other responsibilities, of one of votes cast by UEFA on the Council, enabling her to influence FIFA policy formulation. Laura McAllister also became the first Welsh representative to the UEFA executive committee, and went on to become a UEFA vice-president. Infantino, president of FIFA, said after his election that he wanted to increase the number of female officials in football, such as referees and coaches, and also committed to appointing a woman to the senior management of FIFA.