It may seem a preposterous suggestion to many, given its historically male hierarchy -- but what if FIFA were run by a woman?
World football's governing body -- like the United States, for instance -- has never had a female leader.
But where the two differ is that FIFA has never even had a female candidate.
As the organisation battles the greatest crisis in its 112- year history, even the men in suits are beginning to appreciate that greater gender diversity might be a good thing.
FIFA's motto -- "for the game, for the world" -- doesn't really play out in practice. The global population is roughly split between men and women, whereas more than 99% of those voting for a new FIFA president on Friday will be men.
What if a woman had been in charge? What if someone like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, rather than Sepp Blatter, had been president?
"With her in charge, FIFA could become a well-esteemed sports organization where people discuss and argue under democratic standards," Karsten Kammholz, the deputy head of politics at German newspaper Die Welt, told CNN. "She would also get rid of corrupt colleagues."
FIFA's "Boys' Club" mentality is an environment ripe for wheeling and dealing behind closed doors, says Sierra Leone's Isha Johansen, one of the two female FA presidents.
"I think women, generally, do not give in to compromising on issues, especially when they affect state government and the youth," Johansen explains.
"Even in society in Sierra Leone, in the political and administrative strata, you see men tend to be more compromising -- and that gives way to lots of problems. That's what I find from my own experience.
"Men have ways of settling issues behind closed doors, over a drink... they find a way of dealing with issues. With women, if there is a grave decision to be made, a lot of them will make the right decision -- even if that makes them unpopular."
'It was all about who was your mate'
Australia's Bonita Mersiades, best known as a whistleblower for the controversial (and never-published) Michael Garcia report into possible corruption over the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, shares that frustration.
She has never forgotten her first meeting when working as Head of Corporate Affairs for the Football Federation of Australia.
"I was used to an environment where people challenge each other on issues, not on personalities," she tells CNN. "But no one wanted to have the intellectual argument. It was all about who was your mate around the table."
Mersiades believes such a process arguably helped precipitate the worst scandal in FIFA's history, with 30-plus individuals having been charged or convicted for football-related corruption by American justice authorities.