Women & Girls' Football

As The FA reaches its 150th year governing football in England it also celebrates 20 years managing the women’s game. Women and Girls Football continues to be the Number 1 female team sport as 1.38 million girls & women play some form of the game in England. It is our aim to engage with female players whatever their age or ability and to signpost them to opportunities that are right for them.

Highlights of development within the Women’s game

  • The Launch of the Youth football review sees changes in Mini soccer making the game more appropriate for are young players.
  • A 5 year strategy to develop the female game was launched in the form of ‘ Game Changer’. This plan will see:
    • Women’s Super League (WSL) expand to include two divisions and a reserve league.
    • Create an Elite Performance Unit and appoint a Head of Elite Development
    • Grow Participation
    • Deliver a new commercial strategy for women’s football

You can read more about Game Changer at TheFA.com  

  • The launch of ‘Kick off your career’ a document produced in collaboration with the FA and WSFF to celebrate 20 females who now work in Football and educate young females of the positions available within the game.  
  • The England team qualified unbeaten for the 2013 UEFA European championship finals in Sweden however following some tough games they didn’t get out of the group stages.
  • Nineteen England Women’s youth team players  from a squad of 20 won gold as Great Britain at the World University Games in Russia

Development Highlights within the Female game in Middlesex

County Cups 
Please click here to read about the various County Cup competitions available to female clubs in Middlesex.

Capital Girls' League
As the Capital Girls' League heads into its third season there have been a number of changes but most apparent is the league’s expansion ahead of the new season, from seven teams playing in one division at a single venue to 77 teams in 12 divisions and in a variety of formats.

To find out more about the Capital Girls' League, please visit their website.

FA Girls' Centre Of Excellence
Middlesex FA is pleased to confirm that it has successfully maintained its license to run one of The FA’s 31 Girls' Centres Of Excellence  for the 2013-14 season. We are pleased to welcome 64 players who will be supported by 18 staff members throughout the year.

In order to support those grassroots players who aspire to play in the Centre Of Excellence programme Middlesex FA will also be offering Player Development Sessions to offer further coaching support for those individuals.

Futsal
The Middlesex FA runs Futsal competitions for both schools and youth clubs and you can find out more about this aspect of our work by clicking here

Opportunities to Play
For Season 2013-14 Middlesex FA will be operating a number of alternatives to 11-a-side football for females including:

  • Middlesex FA Women's League – a new, female-only 5-a-side league based in Harrow and casual 11-a-side competition  
  • Female Legends – A recreational 5-a-side programme running through the summer months
  • Drop in sessions – Middlesex FA will be operating a number of Just Play, Mash Up and drop in sessions across the county to reintroduce females to the game and create links to local football clubs.

In addition, the Middlesex FA will also be running a new programme called Join Our Club, in which we will support clubs seeking to create new female teams by providing funding that could pay for coaching qualifications, facility hire or equipment. We already have a number of clubs running female teams and our Find A Club tool can help you locate a club near you. The County FA also fields a Women's Representative Team made up of players from the County.

Children aged 5-11 can take part in The FA Tesco Skills, a fun programme managed by specialist qualified coaches and operating nationwide.

For information about female football in Middlesex, download our booklet.

Other Opportunities
The Middlesex FA  runs a mentoring scheme for female coaches and referees which can help women and girls to take their first steps in these rewarding roles. We also offer a range of volunteering opportunities, which can link in to our Football Futures programme. 

Current Participation Numbers
Adult teams – 25 (-4)
Youth Teams – 78 (+22)
College Sessions – 3 teams, 50 drop in participants
Drop in sessions – 25 participants at one session
Female Legends – 5 Teams
Female Referees - 32
Information updated July 2013

Sign up to our Women and Girls' Digest for regular updates on what’s happening in Middlesex by sending an email to gareth.coates@middlesexfa.com or for further details on County and National FA initiatives in the female game, email the Women & Girls Football Development team:

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