Mihir Bose: Marcel Schmid bravely predicts women’s football will influence the male game

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The theme of this year’s International Football Arena (IFA) conference, Football: from craze to madness, may suggest we face a sporting Armageddon. But Marcel Schmid, the man whose brainchild the conference is, refuses to take a pessimistic view of the state of the game.

“The football world is upside down, but the world is upside down, isn’t it?,” he says. “It is not only football in a state of chaos,

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