While excitement is growing around the final round of matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFA has today taken two important steps for the continuous development of the women’s game beyond its flagship event. The first one was the inaugural meeting of the FIFA Professional Women’s Football Task Force today in Lyon ahead of the first semi-final of France 2019.
The objective of the Task Force is to bring together the main women’s football stakeholders to inform FIFA’s decision-making processes by identifying key areas and measures that can accelerate the future growth of the women’s professional game. Chaired by FIFA Council member Lydia Nsekera, the inaugural meeting included participants and representatives from member associations, confederations, leagues, clubs and players associations. The composition of the Task Force may evolve over time based on the expertise required within its work plan.
As a first step, all members were requested to identify their priority areas for the growth of the women’s game. “We want to explore the business, economic and regulatory side of the women’s game in consultation with key stakeholders. Today, a number of very interesting topics were presented and discussed. We can see that the priorities vary greatly depending on where people are coming from. So it will be the job of this Task Force to define common objectives that can make a real and lasting difference for the good of the women’s game.”, said Lydia Nsekera.
As part of its overall Women’s Football Strategy and in order to gain crucial insight into the current status of women’s football, FIFA has also conducted and announced today a baseline survey with its 211 member associations, of which 198 participated.
The FIFA Women’s Football Survey 2019 provides a comprehensive picture of the current landscape of women’s football globally and will serve as a benchmarking tool for FIFA and its stakeholders to measure progress in the future.