FA Girls' Football Week attracts over 100,000 players

Saturday 01 Oct 2016
Over 100,000 female players will get involved with Girls' Football Week

This month’s FA Girls’ Football Week will be the most popular yet after 60,000 people registered to take part.

More than 1,000 organisations have signed up to run female-specific football sessions throughout the week, which takes place from Monday 10 October.

It means that in 2016 at least 110,000 will play football as part of the weeks, after 50,000 women and girls took park in April.

The best week yet.
- Kelly Simmons
The weeks were created to encourage more women and girls to play football by encouraging schools, clubs, community groups and wider organisations to put on football sessions.

This month additional focus will be on encouraging higher and further educational establishments to put on sessions at the academic years.

The weeks are being delivered in partnership with the Independent Schools FA, English Schools FA, Association of Colleges Sport, the Premier League and the English Football League.

FA director of football participation and development Kelly Simmons said: “These are really impressive numbers and show just how many girls and women want to play football when they are given the opportunity.

“We have set ourselves the ambitious target of doubling participation by 2020 and these figures are really encouraging.

“I'd like to thank all of our partners and urge even more organisations to take part and make it the best week yet.”

Organisations can still register via FAGirlsFootballWeek.com where they will be able to access a range of materials including session plans and ideas and promotional tools.

By FA Staff