Women's Football

Accelerate the growth of women’s football

Women’s football is the single biggest growth opportunity in football today and it remains a top priority for FIFA. Although the game has grown exponentially at all levels, the passion and rising popularity of the sport offers vast untapped potential. FIFA is investing in dedicated funding, human resources and innovative, tailor made development programmes, to bring women’s football into the mainstream, where it belongs.


WOMEN'S FOOTBALL STRATEGY
Charting the course for how FIFA will work with all stakeholders to take concrete steps for empowering girls and women, making football a sport for all and advocating against gender discrimination, FIFA has set three overarching women’s football objectives:
AMMAN, JORDAN - JANUARY 24: Children pose for a selfie with a coach during a FIFA Grassroots schools program on January 24, 2019 in Amman, Jordan. (Photo by Maja Hitij - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Grow participation

Increasing the level of female participation in football all over the world, with the stated goal of having 60 million players by 2026.

GRENOBLE, FRANCE - JUNE 15: Christine Sinclair of Canada celebrates following her sides victory in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group E match between Canada and New Zealand at Stade des Alpes on June 15, 2019 in Grenoble, France. (Photo by Naomi Baker - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Enhance the Commercial Value

Shaping new revenue streams and optimising existing ones around the women’s game will allow expansion of development efforts.

AMMAN, JORDAN - JANUARY 25: Children play football during a FIFA Grassroots schools program on January 25, 2019 in Amman, Jordan. (Photo by Maja Hitij - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Build the Foundations

Creating a more sophisticated women’s football ecosystem and encouraging leadership roles for women at every level will modernise management of the game.

DOCUMENTS

Official documents for Women's Football

Women's Football

20 May 2021

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Women's Football

6 Sept 2020

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Women's Football
Women's Football

6 Sept 2020

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Women's Football
Development

9 Oct 2018

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Development
Women's World Ranking

Women's World Ranking

Women
RKTeamTotal Points
1
2110.25
2
2088.72
3
2073.09
4
2047.52
5
2038.68

Updated 20 Aug 2021

Women's competitions
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Carli Lloyd with the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup trophy
FIFA Women's World Cup

The FIFA Women's World Cup™ sees 32 nations compete on the international stage every four years. With continental qualification pathways leading to an exciting finals event, the competition has seen four past champions; USA, Germany, Japan and Norway

USA, Germany and Korea DPR were the only three countries ever to have won the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup prior to the 2018 edition. Japan expanded that number to four by lifting the title in France.
FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

Nurturing the brightest talents in international women's football. With continental qualification pathways leading to an exciting finals event, the competition has seen four past champions; USA, Germany, Japan and Korea DPR.

Football - FIFA U-17 Womens World Cup New Zealand 2008 - Korea DPR v USA - Final - North Harbour Stadium, Auckland - 16/11/08.Official Trophy, Awards.Mandatory Credit: Action Images / John Sibley
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

Taking place biennially, the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup™ has seen five past champions: Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Japan, Spain, and France.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19:  Germany celebrate with their gold medals following victory during the Women's Olympic Gold Medal match between Sweden and Germany at Maracana Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Women's Olympic Football Tournament

As part of the wider Olympics tournament, this gives nations the chance to put their best 18 person squad forward to compete for the prize. The competition has seen three past champions; Norway, Germany and the USA.

The Women's Youth Olympic Futsal Tournament Buenos Aires 2018 is a historic occasion on two counts: in addition to being futsal's debut as an Olympic event, it was also the first women's futsal tournament organised by FIFA. Portugal ultimately emerged as champions.
Women's Youth Olympic Futsal Tournament

As part of the wider Youth Olympics tournament it is operating as a football event for 2010 and 2014 with Chile and China PR winning respectively, the format was changed in 2018 to Futsal where Portugal hold the crown.

WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL MATCH CALENDAR 2020-2023
WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL MATCH CALENDAR 2020-2023

Managed by FIFA, the women’s international match calendar (WIMC) is a collective agreement devised following consultation with key stakeholders within the women’s game.

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Women's football

FLORENCE, ITALY - APRIL 13: Sara Gama of Italy Women in action during the International Friendly Match between Italy Women and Iceland Women at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on April 13, 2021 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
Women’s Football Strategy

Although women’s football has grown exponentially at all levels in recent times, the passion for and potential of the sport offers vast untapped opportunities. The launch of the FIFA Women’s Football Strategy charts the course for how FIFA will work ...

LYON, FRANCE - JUNE 04: Students listen to FIFA Legends Camille Abily and Youri Djorkaeff during the FIFA Grassroots-Festival with FIFA Legends at Ecole Charles de Foucauld on June 04, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Development Programmes

Women’s football has grown exponentially in recent years. All over the world, girls and women are getting passionately involved in the game, both on and off the pitch, and using the sport to break down social barriers.

VANNES, FRANCE - AUGUST 04:  FIFA Chief Women's Football Officer Sarai Bareman delivers her speech during a kick off event during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018 on August 4, 2018 in Vannes, France.  (Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Professionalisation

FIFA is investing a lot of time and resources into the development of women’s football on and off the pitch, as well as working closely with member associations and other stakeholders.