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UEFA is committed to the development of girls and women's football in its affiliated 55 member associations.

The UEFA Women's Football Development Programme (WFDP) was launched in 2010 to develop opportunities for all girls and women who want to play football within their community, regardless of skill or talent. The programme focuses on four main streams of work: grassroots, integration and perception, player pathway and governance.

In February 2015, four talented and charismatic women were appointed as Women's Football Development Ambassadors based on their track record as footballers, their personal journeys and their engagement towards advancing women's football. They were joined the following spring by Stephanie Houghton. Together, their role is to promote UEFA's values, inspire current and future players, and being advocates for the game.

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Camille Abily

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"This role will enable us to talk about women's football more and inspire young girls to start playing."

Position: midfielder
Date of birth: 5 December 1984 
National team: France
Club: Olympique Lyonnais

Key achievements:

  • Europe: 2 UEFA Women's Champions League titles
  • Domestic: 11 championships (10 in France and 1 in the US) and 8 cups (in France)

Latest projects with UEFA
Abily sets out ambassadorial aims
Star ambassadors on passion for women's football


Laura Georges

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Twitter: @cam10abily23
Facebook: Camille Abily


"It's very enriching and nice to meet young girl players on their own turf, and we exchange a lot of ideas."

Position: centre-back
Date of birth: 20 August 1984
National team: France
Club: Paris Saint-Germain

Key achievements:

  • Europe: 2 UEFA Women's Champions League titles
  • Domestic: 6 championships and 3 cups (all in France)
  • Represented France at 2003, 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cups

Latest projects with UEFA
Laura Georges at Women's Under-19 in Israel
A day in the life of Laura Georges

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Verónica Boquete

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"Yes, it's possible for girls to make it in football! But talent is not enough, you have to work hard to reach your goals."

Position: midfielder/forward
Date of birth: 9 April 1987
National team: Spain
Club: Paris Saint-Germain

Key achievements:

  • Europe: 1 UEFA Women's Champions League title
  • Domestic: 1 championship (in Sweden) and two cups (in Spain)
  • Spain captain at 2015 Women's World Cup

Latest projects with UEFA:
Boquete backs Croatia tournament
Boquete inspiring new generation with Frankfurt


Lotta Schelin

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Facebook: Verónica Boquete


"There are a lot of countries where girls don't know that they can play football and we can give them something to dream about."

Position: forward
Date of birth: 27 February 1984
National team: Sweden
Club: FC Rosengård

Key achievements

  • Europe: 2 UEFA Women's Champions League titles
  • Domestic: 7 championships and 4 cups (all in France)
  • Represented Sweden at 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Played in 2007, 2011 and 2015 Women's World Cups

Latest projects with UEFA
Schelin reaching out to a new generation
Star ambassadors on passion for women's football


Stephanie Houghton

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Twitter: @L8schelin
Facebook: Lotta Schelin


"I hope I can make a significant contribution and support the game, especially in countries and UEFA member associations that don't get the same support that we are fortunate to have here in England."

Position: defender
Date of birth: 23 April 1988
National team: England
Club: Manchester City

Key achievements

  • Europe: UEFA EURO 2013
  • Domestic: won 2 FA Women's Super League with Arsenal and 1 League Cup with Leeds
  • Represented Great Britain during the London Olympics in 2012
  • 2011 World Cup, bronze medal winner with England at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Latest projects with UEFA
England's Houghton becomes UEFA ambassador
Squads named for Ultimate Champions game

Follow Steph
Twitter: @stephhoughton2
Facebook: Steph Houghton