The FA Women’s and Girls’ Football
Women’s and girls’ football continues to grow with more players competing in affiliated competition than any other team sport.
There has been an increase in the number of players, clubs, leagues and competitions since 1993; the number of players has increased from
10,400 to over 150,000 today.
Sport England’s Active People survey in 2008 highlighted that 260,000 women and 1.1 million girls play some form of football in England. There are 26 million females playing across the world, of which 4.1 million are playing affiliated football – this is a 54% growth since the year 2000 (FIFA Big Count 2006).
Over 16,000 females have successfully attained FA coaching qualifications, 1,300 female referees have been trained by The FA and full-time women’s football development officers are employed across the country. Women’s football has a well-regarded player pathway and a strong Centres of Excellence infrastructure. The number of national players emerging from these Centres is evidence of their success.
There are 52 licensed FA Centres of Excellence in operation across England providing weekly quality coaching and a localised fixture programme for talented girls from the age of 8-16.
Women’s Football – Mission and Goals
FIFA promotes the development of women’s football and pledges to support women’s football financially and to give women players, coaches, referees and officials the opportunity to become actively involved in football. FIFA is helping to popularise the game by increasing public awareness and conducting information campaigns as well as overcoming social and cultural obstacles for women with the ultimate aim of improving women’s standing in society.
To promote and develop women’s and girls’ football in the member associations;
To improve the infrastructure of women’s football in the confederations and member associations;
To increase the proportion of women and girls playing football at the grassroots, in schools and at amateur and professional levels;
To constantly improve the quality, the organisation and the expansion of FIFA women’s football competitions;
To create conditions for more women to occupy technical and managerial positions in football, including the domains of refereeing, coaching, medicine, media and administration;
To organise coaching and training courses for female players, coaches, referees, doctors and officials;
To establish and publicise a coordinated international match calendar for women’s football;
To analyse and monitor technical developments in women’s football;
To organise women’s football symposia and conferences.