FAW nominate Kieran O’Connor and Professor Laura McAllister CBE for FIFA Council Election
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3 December 2020

FAW nominate Kieran O’Connor and Professor Laura McAllister CBE for FIFA Council Election

The Football Association of Wales is pleased to announce their nomination of Professor Laura McAllister CBE for the position of UEFA’s designated female representative on FIFA Council and current FAW President, Mr Kieran O’Connor for the position of British Vice President of the FIFA Council.

A former Cymru Captain, Professor Laura McAllister, if elected, would become UEFA’s first female member of the FIFA Council that has also played the game at international level.

Laura played a key part in fighting for the recognition of women’s international football at the FAW and has since worked to help develop a stronger pathway for elite female players, as well as helping to expand and strengthen grassroots football for women and girls.

Currently Professor of Public Policy and Governance of 

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Wales at Cardiff University, she has served as Director and Vice Chair of the FAW Trust Board for over 12 years and since 2016 has held the position of deputy chair of UEFA’s Women’s Football Committee.


Kieran O’Connor has been involved in football since 1970 and was a former Class A Referee, before joining the Welsh Football League as an officer in 1986 and subsequently has over 30 years experience as a senior administrator in Welsh Football. 

Since 2015, O’Connor has sat on the UEFA Club Licensing Committee, which monitors the implementation and achievement of the objectives of the UEFA Club Licensing system throughout Europe. Furthermore, Kieran has been 

an active UEFA Match Delegate since 2017.  

Away from football, O’Connor was a qualified Chartered Secretary for more than three decades, working with a number of public companies and SMEs across Wales. He also has specialist training in corporate law, finance, governance and management.

The election of the European members of the FIFA Council is scheduled to take place on 2 March 2021 at UEFA Congress, where the 55 member associations of UEFA will cast their votes.