The English FA has unveiled a new four-year plan to develop women's and girls' football.
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The English Football Association has unveiled a new four-year women’s and girls’ football strategy, featuring eight key objectives to be achieved by 2024.
The new strategy, titled Inspiring Positive Change, pledges to create a sustainable future for women and girls’ football in England, and takes in all aspects of the game from grassroots through to the national team, from coaching to refereeing.
England’s eight transformational objectives for women’s and girls’ football
Early participation – Every primary school-aged girl to have equal access to football in school and in clubs
Development participation – Every girl to have equal access to participate for fun for competition and for excellence
Club player pathway – Collaborate with clubs to develop an effective high-performance, inclusive player-centred pathway
Elite domestic leagues and competitions – Create the best professional women’s sports leagues and competitions in the world
England – Win a major tournament
Football for all – Recruit and support a motivated, diverse range of local leaders organising football for their communities
Coaching – Support the development of exceptional coaches at every level of the game who are representative of our society
Refereeing – Ensure that every female referee afforded high-quality bespoke learning and development opportunities from grassroots through to the elite game
Baroness Sue Campbell, director of women’s football at The FA said: “Football has the power to change lives for the better. It can contribute to physical and mental wellbeing, it can provide opportunities to compete and collaborate with others, and it can help to shape the place of girls and women in wider society.
“Our new four-year strategy is based on understanding an individual’s motivation to play – for learning, for recreation, for competition and for excellence. We want to ensure there is access and opportunity for every girl and woman to play, coach, spectate, officiate, manage or administer if they so wish and the game to be truly representative of our society across all characteristics and social backgrounds.”
Delivering a Women’s EURO to remember
England will host the next edition of the UEFA Women’s EURO in the summer of 2022, with the tournament set to play a major role in developing the female game in England, across the whole of Europe and beyond.
The decision was taken to postpone the competition by a year from 2021 following the global outbreak of COVID-19, a move that is set to benefit the growth of women’s football.
UEFA’s chief of women’s football, Nadine Kessler, said: “The core question guiding us together with the English FA was: What is best for women’s football? With the Olympics now being confirmed for summer 2021, we firmly believe that moving to 2022 is in the best interests of the tournament, the players, the fans, women’s football partners and everybody involved in all areas and at all levels of the game.
“UEFA Women’s EURO is Europe’s biggest women’s sport event. It is also among the biggest sports events in the world, and therefore needs and deserves a platform of its own.”
Which cities will host Women’s EURO matches in 2022?
Brighton & Hove (Brighton & Hove Community Stadium)
London (Brentford Community Stadium & Wembley Stadium – final only)
Manchester (Manchester City Academy Stadium)
Milton Keynes (Stadium MK)
Rotherham (New York Stadium)
Sheffield (Bramall Lane)
Southampton (St Mary's Stadium)
Trafford (Old Trafford – opening game)
Wigan & Leigh (Leigh Sports Village)
This summer, UEFA shared its new framework to assist national associations in creating and developing their own women's football strategies. Find out more here.