FIFA Women’s Development Program helps grow football

  • September 8, 2021 marks one year since the launch of the FIFA Women’s Development Program

  • The program offers personalized support and specialized expertise in women’s football at 211 AM

  • Over 80 women’s football projects in nearly 50 member associations delivered in the first 12 months

FIFA celebrates a milestone for women’s football today as the FIFA Women’s Development Program celebrates its first anniversary since its inception.

As part of FIFA’s commitment to accelerate the growth and development of women’s football, including its goal of having 60 million women and girls playing football by 2026, the Women’s Development Program of the FIFA offers 211 member associations the opportunity to access additional resources, equipment and specialized technical expertise dedicated to women’s football.

Over the past 12 months, the program has made significant strides in helping to develop women’s football, despite the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on football.

Following last year’s launch, alongside the continued support provided through FIFA Forward and the COVID-19 emergency plan, more than 80 projects dedicated to women’s football have now been carried out through the FIFA Women’s Development Program, helping nearly 50 member associations around the world and giving many players, coaches and administrators more opportunities to play and to access football.

A key component of FIFA’s women’s football strategy, the FIFA Women’s Development Program comprises eight programs designed to accelerate the development of women’s football on and off the pitch.

These include: • Women’s football strategy • League development • Women’s football campaign • Club licenses • Capacity building for administrators • Coach education scholarships • Coach mentoring • Women’s leadership in football

More information on FIFA’s women’s development programs, including a recent project in Tajikistan as well as other projects around the world, can be found HERE.

Mara R. Wilmoth