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.


FIFA Women’s World Cup

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LYON, FRANCE - JULY 07: During the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between USA and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Cathrin Mueller - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™

Europe's route to 2023 Women's World Cup mapped out 


AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 02: FIFA U20 World Cup CEO Dave Beeche speaks to school children after NZ Idol Judge Stan Walker was announced as an ambassador for the FIFA U20 World Cup at Sutton Park School on April 2, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™

Beeche: The potential impact of 2023 is incredible



A view inside the stadium.

FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™

Dressing and Signage Services, FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™



2021 Eurovision contestant Montaigne (Image courtesy SBS TV)

FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™

Double threat Montaigne’s journey through football and music



BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 13: Northern Ireland players celebrate victory in the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Play-off match between Northern Ireland and Ukraine at Seaview on April 13, 2021 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™

Northern Ireland’s Magill on inspiring a nation - and her niece



Picture courtesy of the Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Football

FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™

Santos: My Luxembourg players think about football night and day

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:
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.

Enhance the Commercial Value

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

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 Sep 2020

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Women's Football

6 Sep 2020

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Development

9 Oct 2018

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Women's World Ranking

Women's World Ranking

Women
RKTeamTotal Points
1
USA
USA
2197
2
GER
Germany
2073
3
FRA
France
2039
4
NED
Netherlands
2035
5
SWE
Sweden
2011

Updated 25 Jun 2021

Women's competitions
Check the upcoming competitions and re-live latest editions
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

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.

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.

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.

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

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 ...

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.

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.