FIFA launches club licensing guide for women’s game as tool to help MA development

April 25 – FIFA has published a guide for member federations looking to set up a club licensing system for women’s football competitions in their countries.

The ten-step primer is part of an “objective to accelerate the professionalisation and development of women’s football,” said FIFA. There is also an as well as an additional eight steps that will advise leagues on how to maintain their club licensing structures on a season-by-season basis.

FIFA said: “Recognising the key role that clubs play in the development of the women’s game and creating specific tools and programmes that support the unique women’s football environment, the new Guide to Club Licensing in Women’s Football will provide for the first-time ever a dedicated resource to enhance club licensing in women’s football. This, in turn, will strengthen player pathways for women and girls at club level and raise the overall standards in clubs around the world.”

Under the Women’s Development Programme, FIFA already works individually with member associations to help set up club licensing frameworks for women’s football.

“The development of strong and sustainable leagues where players are in a competitive professional environment is a key area for the future development and professionalisation of women’s football,” said Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer.
“One of the most effective ways to empower clubs to raise overall standards and performance pathways for female players is through club licensing, thus helping them to achieve long-term, sustainable growth. Alongside FIFA’s significant ongoing investment into existing club licensing and FIFA development programmes, this new guide – which is a first of its kind – is yet another important tool we are providing to our member associations to help accelerate the growth of women’s football globally.”

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