Fifa further aids women’s football

18 Sep, 2020 - 00:09 0 Views
Fifa further aids women’s football

B-Metro

Fungai Muderere
HE Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has welcomed the recent launch by FIFA of a Women’s Development Programme for member associations meant to further develop women’s football on a sustainable basis while simultaneously pushing it forward into the mainstream.

In line with FIFA’s Women’s Football Strategy, the FIFA Women’s Development Programme reportedly aims to provide all 211 member associations with the opportunity to apply for and access additional resources and specialist expertise to develop women’s football at a national level.

“We are really excited about that. It’s pleasing to see that FIFA is doing all it can do to make sure women catch up with their male counterparts. It’s a programme we receive with both hands,” said Zifa board member Philemon Machana.

He added that the move comes at a time when the local football mother body is already beholden to FIFA for forwarding a US$1milion fund meant to be directed towards women’s football.

“As an association we are already indebted to FIFA for a US$1million fund they availed to us for the development of women’s football. It’s also pleasing to note that after getting the money we were notified of a window to borrow funds meant to be directed to women’s football.

However, we will always guard against borrowing as that will automatically affect inflows. We don’t want to kill the future. We want to leave a legacy,” said Machana.

The FIFA Women’s Development Programme underlines FIFA’s commitment to supporting member associations in developing the women’s game and builds upon the solid foundations laid by the FIFA Forward Programme. It also follows the recent announcement of an additional USD 500,000 grant per member associations as part of the COVID-19 Relief Plan that will be specifically allocated to women’s football.

Through the FIFA Women’s Development Programme, member associations will be able to apply for support across eight key areas of women’s football development during the 2020-2023 period.

The programme will reportedly cover projects that include, women’s football strategy, women’s football campaign, league development, club licensing, capacity-building for administrators, coach education scholarships, coach mentorship and women in football leadership
Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary General, said:

“FIFA’s commitment to supporting our member associations in developing women’s football remains one of our top priorities. In addition to the funding currently available via the COVID-19 Women’s Football Grant and the FIFA Forward Programme, the FIFA Women’s Football Development Programme will provide more support and assistance to member associations so that they can invest in the women’s game at all levels.”

Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer, added: “The top-class football and billion-plus television viewers of last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France showed just how far the women’s game has come. Our goal is to bring it ever more into the mainstream and working hand in hand with our MAs will allow us to do this and make women’s football accessible to everybody.”

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