“It's incumbent on us to hold our hands up as well, and say, we've got work to do, everywhere in the game.”
For McAllister the issues blocking girls and women from moving into these roles are societal, cultural and economic. Those barriers in themselves then leave an absence of what she calls an “ecosystem” of women doing things other than just playing.
Women, she says, have less leisure time than men, more caring responsibilities and even those who clear those hoops may find the abuse dished out to women refs just isn’t worth the hassle.
“We need to change attitudes to referees and address the other barriers, but the glimmer of hope and solid optimism for us at the moment is in coaching.
“Now that we have better established women’s clubs, with girls’ sections, then the female coaches are starting to come through. And not only in women’s clubs. Canton Libs, in Cardiff, where my own daughter plays, has a really strong girls and women’s development structure.”
The hope is, she says, that when girls come to the end of their playing days, they will be encouraged to think about coaching – a growing army of Jayne Ludlows to bring through the next generation of Jess Fishlocks and Sophie Ingles.
Only from growing that pool of women coaches and officials can the women’s game sustain the current growth and then Welsh football might be able to address other targets – such as how to raise the standards of the Welsh Women’s Premier League sufficiently so that some of those home-based players get into Ludlow’s national squad.
Some have worried that the rapid growth of England’s Women’s Super League is following the same trajectory as that of the men’s Premier League – the bright, shiny commercial success but also a growing beast that always needs more feeding, gobbling up all the money and resources at the expense of the grass roots.
McAllister says she recognises that danger for the women’s game but insists that the WSL has been a fantastic vehicle for the projection and development of Welsh talent at clubs like Reading, where five Welsh players – including Fishlock and Natasha Harding - are now based.
“That worry is always something to keep on the radar,” she says. “We need competitive, high quality domestic leagues and I’m not going to knock the WSL for a moment. It presents a fantastic nearby opportunity for our players.
“But the issue of connectivity with the grass roots is vital. We are doing some great things in Wales with the Huddle programme and other schemes, but there’s much more to do and resources stop us rolling out those plans as quickly as we’d like.”
McAllister already has the backing of all four of the British football associations for her election bid and her platform for expanding the women’s game in every sphere is sure to find broader support in the four months ahead.
Wales famously beat Italy in 2002 in a Euro qualifier when Craig Bellamy scored the winner. Could another former Bluebird win again in 2021?
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