Football’s on the rise for girls

Football is now officially the biggest female team sport in England and it’s set to get even bigger, according to The FA.

 

Pitchero ACES Nationals is an event open to both boys and girls. Events like these are great opportunities to raise awareness and participation for girls’ football in particular.

If we rewind back to 15-20 years ago, it’s fair to say that girls’ and women’s football has made some incredible progress. For example last season over 147,000 female players competed in affiliated league and cup competitions – a figure which has risen significantly from just 10,400 in 1993 (FA).

A big part of this rise has come from a mix of campaigning, funding and the media. But, The FA have bigger and better plans for girl’s and women’s football in the UK. They plan to double the number of women and girls taking part in football by 2020.

The organisation’s new ‘Gameplan for Growth’ campaign, aims to develop a number of things in the game, including participation numbers, social barriers towards the game and the commercial prospects.

For the participation part, The FA, in partnership with SSE, plans to develop ‘Wildcats,’ a new network of 200 girls’ football clubs that’ll provide girl-friendly football programmes and encourage more people to get involved.

The future’s looking bright for girls’ and women’s football and we’ll continue to champion it here at Pitchero ACES Nationals.

Good luck to all the girls’ teams playing in Nottingham at this year’s tournament. If you want to have a look at a selection of girls’ teams who have entered this year, head over to our team bios.

For more content on women’s football, check out the Pitchero blog.