Girls Football

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Female football boosted by programme which is delivered by almost 90 clubs

Delivered in partnership with The Football Association, Premier League Girls Football aims to provide opportunities for females aged 11 and over to take part in the sport in a local community setting.

From the start of the 2016/17 season the programme is being delivered by almost 90 professional clubs who provide a wide variety of sessions aimed at different audiences. Nearly 9,000 girls have been engaged in the PL Girls Football programme since August 2015.

Clubs deliver innovative sessions such as glow in the dark football to emphasise the fun, social element of the sport and soccercise that uses football as way to keep fit.

"What they gain from these programmes, health, friendship, striving to be better, will give lifelong benefits both on and off the field"

Moya Dodd, FIFA Executive Committee member

For participants who want to progress in the game clubs create pathways with local community clubs to provide long term participation opportunities, whilst many clubs also deliver elements of the female talent pathway.

The programme has two main objectives:

  • To increase the number of women and girls playing football on a regular basis
  • To increase the opportunities for women and girls to develop skills and confidence and progress within the pathway as a player, coach or official

The programme achieves this by providing a fun and informal environment, allowing participants to progress at their own pace and make friends at the same time. 

The programme culminates in an annual event held prior to the Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium providing young people the opportunity to represent their club and meet new people. 

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