The FA Have unveiled a Five year plan to develop the growth of Women’s football.
The growth in women’s football has seen major competitions being launched at both national and international level. Women’s football has faced many struggles throughout its fight for right. Although women’s football had its first golden age in the UK in the early 1920s, when one match achieved over 50,000 spectators, this was stopped on 5 December 1921 when England’s Football Association voted to ban the game from grounds used by its member clubs. The ban was not cancelled until July 1971.
FA chairman David Bernstein said: ‘Women’s football is the area with the most potential for growth in the nation’s favourite game.’
‘We are determined to lead development at every level and have created a robust plan for doing so using all our resources and knowledge.’
This is the right time to be developing commercial plans to bring new partners into women’s football,’ added FA general secretary Alex Horne.
‘The standards of football are high and the international game is very strong. We have to keep pace with the top female footballing nations both on and off the pitch.
‘We need partners who will work with us to raise our profile and really take the game forward. I’m convinced this is the right time for this plan to be put in place.’
The FA’s plan calls for:
- The creation of an Elite Performance Unit and the appointment of a head of elite development to develop the best young players.
- Delivering a new commercial strategy for women’s football to include more broadcast coverage to elevate the profile of the women’s game.
- Expanding the FA Women’s Super League by introducing a second division in 2014 to enable promotion and relegation.
- Grow participation and fanbase.