Moya Dodd
Born (1965-04-30) 30 April 1965 (age 59)
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide (LLB)[1]
University of New South Wales (MBA)
Football official
EmployerGilbert + Tobin
Board member ofFFA (2007–2017)
AFC (2009–2019)
FIFA (2013–2016)
Association football career
Position(s) Midfield
Youth career
1979–1981 Port Adelaide
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1988 Adelaide University
International career
1986–1995 Australia 24 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Moya Dodd AO (born 30 April 1965) is an Australian soccer official, a lawyer and former national team player. She is a former executive committee member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)[2] and a former member of the FIFA Council.[3]

Football administration career


Dodd joined the board of Football Federation Australia (FFA) in 2007.[4] In 2009, she was elected as a vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation.[2][5]

In 2013, she was appointed to the executive committee of FIFA, the 27-member body which governs football, as a co-opted member.[3]

In October 2015, Moya Dodd sent a submission in for a gender reform proposal. This was sent to the Chair of FIFA Reform Committee, Francois Carrard. In this proposal, Dodd's main goals were for women to have more inclusion in the decision-making process and for there to be a larger investment in the women's game.[6] Following this proposal, in 2016, FIFA passed the proposal and added a requirement that every continent must have a seat filled by a woman.[7]

In 2017, Dodd lost her place on the FIFA Council as the Asia female seat to Mahfuza Akhter Kiron of Bangladesh. Kiron beat Dodd by 10 votes, with a final vote of 27–17. Some were critical of the election results because in an interview with the BBC World Service Kiron seemed to lack knowledge of current women's world champions. On her Facebook, Dodd wrote, "Naturally I'm disappointed that I wasn't able to return to the FIFA Council today."[8]

Playing career


Dodd played 24 times for Australia, including 12 in full international matches.[9][10] By the time Dodd was 21 years old, she was playing on Australia's national team, and later on became vice-captain. In 1988, she played in the first-ever FIFA world tournament for women. That tournament was a successful event that led to the first FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991.[11]


Moya is a partner in law firm Gilbert + Tobin.[12]

Honours and awards


In 2016, Dodd was named the overall winner of The Australian Financial Review Westpac 2016 Women of Influence.[13][14] In 2018, Forbes, ranked number seven in their list of Most Powerful Women in International Sports.[15]

Dodd was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2023 King's Birthday Honours for "distinguished service to football as a player and administrator at the national and international level, as a role model to women, and to the law".[16]


  1. ^ "Moya Dodd is first Australian representative on FIFA". University of Adelaide. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "AFC Executive Committee". The Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Moya Dodd scores for women's soccer". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  4. ^ Smithies, Tom (15 May 2007). "Lowy shakes up soccer board". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  5. ^ "FFA welcomes outcome in Asia". Football Federation Australia. 8 May 2009. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  6. ^ Glass, Alana. "The Case For FIFA's Gender Reform". Forbes. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Dodd's election loss exposes FIFA gender reform farce". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Moya Dodd disappointed to lose FIFA spot". The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service. Australian Associated Press. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Teams of the Decades – Women's 1990–1999". Football Federation Australia. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  10. ^ Howe, Andrew. "Official Media Guide of Australia at the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011" (PDF). Football Federation Australia. p. 53. Retrieved 26 April 2017 – via
  11. ^ Settimi, Christina. "Moya Dodd, One Of Soccer's Most Powerful Women, Isn't Done Playing". Forbes. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  12. ^ Merritt, Chris (27 June 2008). "G+T beats the benchmark for promoting women". The Australian. Archived from the original on 3 October 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  13. ^ "100 Women of Influence 2016". The Australian Financial Review. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  14. ^ Stewart, Claire (28 October 2016). "Global aims drive winners". The Australian Financial Review.
  15. ^ Settimi, Christina. "Moya Dodd, One Of Soccer's Most Powerful Women, Isn't Done Playing". Forbes. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  16. ^ "King's Birthday 2023 Honours - the full list". Sydney Morning Herald. Nine Entertainment Co. 11 June 2023. Retrieved 11 June 2023.