The third FIFA Women’s Football Symposium in Long Beach, California (USA) rang out as a resounding success as representatives from the 126 FIFA National Associations of Féderation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) met to exchange information on the development of all levels of the women’s game throughout the world.

Over two days, the participants worked in close co-operation investigating possible ways to improve general standards, the number of female players and the strategic development of the women’s game.

In conclusion of the symposium, the attendees agreed on the following declaration.

DECLARATION OF THE 2003 FIFA WOMEN’S FOOTBALL SYMPOSIUM

The representatives of the 126 FIFA National Associations of Féderation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) attending the 2003 FIFA Women’s Football Symposium agreed unanimously to:

Congratulate the FIFA Executive Committee and the FIFA Committee for Women’s Football on having taken the initiative to organise the 3rd Symposium on Women’s Football (9-10 October, 2003) for its member associations,

Express their satisfaction with the results of the 4th FIFA Women’s World Cup, which reached new heights in the quality of football played by women, and the refereeing performed by women,

Emphasise the importance of having female athletes, coaches, referees, administrators and executives as role models for women and girls,

Recognising that creating opportunities for women and girls to participate in sports is an essential factor in ensuring their well-being and health,

  1. Express their satisfaction to the IOC for its decision to increase the number of teams taking part in the Women’s Football tournament in the 2004 Olympics in Athens from 8 to 10, and for increasing the tournament once again at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing from 10 to 12,

  2. Express their satisfaction to the FIFA Executive Committee and the FIFA Committee for Women’s Football for its decision to create the FIFA U19 Women’s World Championship and its positive impact on women’s football development worldwide,

  3. Recommend to governments and other outside organisations that objectives in education, health and community cohesion can be realised through the promotion and development of football for children,

  4. Commit themselves to:

    · Increase their activities, programmes and funding to increase the quality and quantity of female players playing football,

    · Create football competitions at national and regional levels, if they do not already exist,

    · Reinforce or creating the administration of women’s football inside their own structure with the necessary human and financial resources,

    · Promote the inclusion of women in technical committees, executive committees, and in leadership roles in their administration,

    · Empower themselves with the knowledge gained from this symposium and from other experiences, to take the initiative to create or refine women’s football development plans, and develop the funding strategies to achieve them,

    · Call on Governments, in particular sports, health and education ministries, to discuss how their objectives can be realised through football and football for girls and women in particular,

    · Call on the Executive Committee of FIFA to increase the percentage of financial assistance allocated to women’s football to 10%,

    · Call on the FIFA General Secretariat to proactively prepare the necessary regulations, such as the international coordinated calendar in order to facilitate the future growth of women’s football,

  5. Decide to assess the results of their action in favour of women’s football every 4 years, the next time being on the occasion of the 5th FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2007, in China