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08 Sep 2020

Extra support for women's soccer in new Fifa development programme

Fifa has today launched a new programme to assist member associations with the development of women’s soccer in their respective countries.

All 211 members can apply for additional support via the Fifa Women’s Development Programme, which covers eight projects in the 2020-23 period, with the aim being to develop the women’s game on a sustainable basis while enabling it to become more mainstream.

The extra resources and specialist expertise on offer complement the principles of the Fifa Forward Development Programme first adopted in 2016, and the recent announcement of an additional grant of $500,000 for each member association as part of the international federation’s Covid-19 Relief Plan.

Fifa established a dedicated Women’s Football Division in 2016 and presented its first Women’s Football Strategy two years later, and, on the back of the successful 2019 Women’s World Cup, is now doubling investment in various areas of the sport.

The new development programme includes the following projects: Women’s Football Strategy; Women’s Football Campaign; League Development; Club Licensing; Capacity-Building for Administrators; Coach Education Scholarships; Coach Mentorship; and Women in Football Leadership.

In a statement, Sarai Bareman, Fifa chief women’s football officer, said: “The top-class football and billion-plus television viewers of last year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup 2019 in France showed just how far the women’s game has come. Our goal is to bring it ever more into the mainstream and working hand in hand with our MAs will allow us to do this and make women’s football accessible to everybody.”