Noel Mooney marked the end of his first month in Welsh football’s top job by delivering the governing body’s vision for the next six years.

For the game in this country, six days can often feel like six years, and there was barely enough time to digest the Football Association of Wales’ (FAW) ‘Our Wales’ plan before other matters took centre stage.

The FAW’s launch of its new strategy was followed by Gareth’s Bale omission from the upcoming World Cup qualifiers through injury.

It was then revealed that discussions were being had to potentially switch home games back to the Principality Stadium.

And there was still time left this week for it to emerge that boss Ryan Giggs remains on full pay despite being on leave since his arrest last November.

Giggs denies charges of coercive or controlling behaviour, causing actual bodily harm and assault by beating. He is set to stand trial next January.

Having worked at Uefa, Mooney, who also backed a UK and Ireland 2030 World Cup bid, will know all too well that the sport rarely stands still for long – and there is never a dull moment in Wales.

Rewind to Monday and Mooney, along with FAW president Steve Williams and Dr Carol Bell, an independent director on the executive board, unveiled ‘Our Wales’.

Increasing participation, improving facilities, forming new partnerships and boosting the female game are at the forefront of the association’s six-year plan.

“We want to see football as a symbol of Welsh identity, a celebrated game that inspires and unites our nation. A game that fuels Welsh pride,” said Mooney.

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“On a global level, we strive to create a leading football nation.

“Of course, we want to consistently compete with the very best in the world.

“We want our national teams reaching World Cup finals and European Championship finals on a consistent basis.

“But more than that, we want to be seen as leaders off the pitch. We want to host events of significant importance to Wales and to be held up as leaders in our field.

“At a local level, our mission will not stop until we make football the most inclusive, accessible and successful sport in all parts of Wales. A game with no barriers. A game that can be reached easily wherever you are in Wales.

“We want more girls playing football. We want people from different backgrounds playing football. We want people of all ages and abilities enjoying the game every day of the week.

“We’ll promote a welcoming culture where everyone is embraced. This will be the focus of our work in Wales.”

Mooney set out the six “strategic pillars” – Wales on the world stage, clear and effective pathways for progression, a flexible, inclusive and appealing offer, a sustainable association for the future, a diverse, skilled and engaged football family and inspirational and fit-for-future facilities – that “will guide us on our journey”.

“We’ll prioritise the growth of the female game,” he added. “We’ll show unwavering commitment to developing the grassroots and domestic game.

“We’ll double the female game and we’ll ensure that more than 120,000 players are playing the game in all parts of Wales.

“Facilities will be key to the development of the game at all levels. Quality facilities provide the foundations to develop players.

“Facilities provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Facilities will be key therefore to the delivery of our plan.”

He continued: “We know that we can accomplish so much more by working with Welsh Government, Sport Wales and many other organisations.

“This multi-partner approach will enable us to strengthen and grow the game for all.”

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