Former Sweden goalkeeper Caroline Jonsson and ex-Chilean youth international Camila Garcia were elected onto an expanded 13-person board in a vote at FIFPro’s congress on 5th December.
Sarah Gregorious – who was capped 69 times by New Zealand and had a spell at Liverpool – missed out on a place on the World Players’ Union board.
Jonsson, who represented Sweden 80 times, has been head of the FIFPro women’s committee since 2014. A goalkeeper who played in the 2003 World Cup final, Jonsson had stints at Malmo, Umea and Chicago Red Stars before ending her career as a player in 2013.
She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and has also worked in this area.
“I really appreciate that the members had faith in me,” Jonsson told fifpro.org : “I’m very proud to have female members on the board. We had some great candidates representing the women’s game.”
Garcia is a former player for the University of Chile who co-founded the Chilean women’s football player union last year. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs and works as a policy adviser for Chile’s Foreign Affairs ministry.
“It a big responsibility but an incredible opportunity” to join FIFPro’s board,” Garcia said. “I want to bring FIFPro closer to less-developed player unions and assist with the unionization of women’s football.”