Football’s world governing body, FIFA, has released an eight-point program aimed towards the advancement of women’s football worldwide for the period between 2020-2023.
The program includes league development, women football campaigns, capacity building for administrators, coach education scholarships, coach mentorship, club licensing, women football strategy and women in football leadership.
All 211 FIFA member associations have a mandate to apply for the above programs, and through the programs, the member associations will be provided with access to additional tailored expertise along with support to develop women’s football in their respective countries.
The program further underlines FIFA’s commitment to supporting member associations in developing the women game and builds upon the solid foundations laid by the FIFA Forward Programme.
It also follows the recent announcement of a USD 500,000 grant per member association as part of the COVID-19 Relief Plan that will be specifically allocated to women’s football.
“FIFA’s commitment to supporting our member associations in developing women’s football remains one of our top priorities,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.
“In addition to the funding currently available via the COVID-19 Women’s Football Grant and the FIFA Forward Programme, the FIFA Women’s Football Development Programme will provide more support and assistance to member associations so that they can invest in the women game at all levels.”
In 2016, FIFA set up a dedicated Women’s Football Division which presented its first Women’s Football Strategy in 2018 and now FIFA is doubling its investment across a range of areas in the women game.
The top-class football and billion-plus television viewers of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France is believed to have been the eye-opener about the potential and growth of the women game.
And since then, FIFA’s goal is to bring women football even more into the mainstream and FIFA believes that working in tandem with member associations will allow it to make women’s football accessible to everybody.