The FIFA Women’s Football Survey was conducted in 2014 with the aim to gather information on six key areas related to women’s football. The areas range from governance and integration to perception needs and challenges within women’s football.
· Overall development and leagues
· Governance and integration
· Female participation in football
· Investment in women’s football
· Awareness and media coverage
· Perception, needs and challenges
The survey was answered by 177 FIFA Member Associations (MAs), which amounts to a response rate of 85 per cent. This response rate has enabled FIFA to make conclusions and recommendations which can be applied across all confederations.
The main findings show that:
· Only 23 per cent of MAs have dedicated staff for women’s football.
· 80 per cent of MAs have a senior team and only 50 per cent have youth teams
· 78 per cent of MAs have a National Women’s Football League
· 82 per cent of the top women’s football leagues are managed by MAs
· Number of registered players: 4,801,360
· Girls at Grassroots programmes: 1,166,926
· Global participation: 30,145,700
Female representation was also covered in the survey with the results showing that only 8 per cent of women serve as members on their country’s executive committees. Seven per cent of coaches and ten per cent of all referees around the world are women. This shows a great need to provide more opportunities for women in football at all levels. The survey also highlighted the crucial role played by the Member Associations and the correlation between success and female participation at decision making levels.
Global investment by 177 Member Associations amounted to $156,624,00024 USD during one calendar year, an average spend of $905,000 USD.