FIFA women’s football development programmes offer Member Associations multifaceted support ranging from expertise, teaching and promotional material to football equipment and financial assistance. The programmes on offer for the next four years strive to encourage and create competition opportunities at all levels for women and girls.
FIFA has set guidelines that provide all 209 member associations (MAs) with the necessary information to apply for and benefit from FIFA’s women’s football development programmes for 2015-2018.
They have been developed based on feedback from member associations and confederations as well as players, coaches, referees and officials who participated in the 2011-2014 programmes.
In total, there are nine different types of programmes for MAs to choose from, focusing on four main areas of football development – competitions, management, education and promotion. This includes the Live Your Goals campaign launched in 2011 to inspire more young girls and women to get involved in football.
The new guidelines also outline FIFA’s ten key development principles for women’s football, which were defined by the FIFA Task Force for Women’s Football and approved by the 64th FIFA Congress on 11 June 2014.
MAs can submit applications on a yearly basis by end of October latest.
FIFA expects and helps its member associations and the confederations to support and develop women’s football. A lot of progress has been made but there is much more work that can be done by the global football community to harness its true potential for growth.