The development of women's football in Andorra took a step forward this month with the launch of the first ever youth league for girls.
The league, which kicked off at the end of April, is the culmination of the Andorran Football Federation's (FAF) initiative aimed at developing grassroots girls' and women's football across the principality. Titled 'Les princeses també juguen a futbol' (Princesses also play football), it began with a television advertising campaign and included inter-class games and football activities at local schools with the goal of encouraging girls of primary-school age to take up the sport.
The next step was to create an organised competition for girls – and the FAF has duly established a league comprising seven teams for females born between 1999 and 2004. The FAF's hope is to ultimately have enough women playing the sport to allow for a women's national team.
The national federation's efforts to nurture the game were also evident at its fifth Easter grassroots tournament, featuring seven-a-side teams from Andorra and neighbouring provinces who came together to play on the latest generation of artificial surfaces at the sports centre in Alas. The winners were FC Encamp (Under-7s), EF Artesa de Segre (U9s) and the Andorra national squad (U11s).
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