Karen Espelund became the first female UEFA executive committee member when the reputation of world football leaders is at an all-time low because of corruption scandals.

Espelund tells The Associated Press her invitation to European football's high command in June was well timed, showing that ''UEFA is doing some radical thinking.''

She brings experience that few men inside the world football family can match.

Espelund was a Norway international, ran its football federation for 10 years and now works for regional government in her home country, which is recognized as one of the least corrupt in the world.

Espelund says that ''we need more than ever in football words like transparency and democracy.''