FA director and former Millwall executive Heather Rabbatts believes there could be a female manager at a professional football club within a decade.
Speaking to Sky Sports on International Women's Day, she said: "I think within a decade we will start to see some women appearing on the touchlines.
"I would like to see more chief executives as women and more of the team doctors as women. We live in an age when over 50 per cent of medical students are women so I think it is about a commitment to the whole game in terms of representation. Whether that's from the coaching and the development side to the running of organisations."
Just three women coaches currently hold a UEFA pro licence compared to 200 men, while 17 women possess an A licence compared to 1,084 men.
There are 25,275 women with the lower level 1 licence but 230,074 men have this qualification.