Women's Football

What is the Womens Football Convention? 

Girls football festival in Northern Ireland
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While 24 nations will be represented at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, the sport of football is for everyone, which is why FIFA has invited our 211 member associations, as well as key stakeholders from across the globe, to attend our first ever Women’s Football Convention.

Leaders from the world of football, politics and society will be present in Paris for two days to discuss the development of the women’s game, the social benefits of football for women and girls, and the positive impact it can have on female empowerment.

FIFA considered it crucial to host an event of this magnitude in the lead up to the Women’s World Cup, not only to draw further attention to what is going to be the biggest female sporting event to date, but also to highlight the work that is being carried out to embrace, educate and empower women around the world through football.

Over two days, you will hear from a variety of speakers who have their own story to tell, who are influential and successful in their field, and who are here because they are playing their part in giving women and girls the opportunity to fulfil their potential – whether that be in football, sport or society.

⚽️ Women’s football today

In 2018, FIFA launched its very first dedicated Women’s Football Strategy, which charts the course of how we will work with confederations, our member associations, clubs, players, media, fans and other key stakeholders.

FIFA is spearheading the transformation of the women’s game at all levels. Through the allocation of resources and the creation of our strategy, we have demonstrated that women’s football is a key priority for the organisation.

Working closely with our 211 member associations and the six confederations, FIFA aims to develop and grow women’s football throughout the world to ensure that all girls and women have the opportunity to play the sport that we all love.

For FIFA, women’s football is more than just a game – it is about having a positive social impact on women and girls around the world.

Whilst the interest in our game is growing and commercial opportunities are beginning to become more prominent, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that every young girl around the world has access to football at grassroots level, while continuing to make the game at the top level more attractive to sponsors and new fans.

Guided by the five pillars of our Women’s Football Strategy, FIFA will ensure that girls and women are not discriminated against, have the opportunities to play or work in the game, and have role models that they can look up to – and one day emulate – through football.

We will explore and debate the five strategic pillars of the FIFA Women’s Football Strategy with a view to defining the key priorities and practical solutions that will support the development of the women’s game.