Highlights of the last four years in the Women’s Game-
The England Women’s senior team reached the final of the UEFA European Championship in 2009 and the quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup in 2011.
The total Attendance across the 26 Women’s Olympic football games was 660,986.
In March 2011 the FA WSL successfully launched the Women’s Super League, a semi-professional national football league which began with 8 teams.
Female participation soared with figures in youth football rising from 4,500 to 5143 affiliated youth teams whilst adult teams rose to 1,437 teams from 1,179.
31 Girls Centre Of Excellences and 29 Player Development Centres were offered licences to deliver programmes designed to support the most talented junior players.
Following a review of mixed football it is now possible for boys and girls to play in mixed football up to the U14 age group.
Implementation of the ‘Game Changer’ a new 5 year programme to confirm the FA’s commitment to the female game.
Highlights of Women’s Football across Middlesex -
- The successful launch and implementation of a joint venture between London FA and Middlesex FA to re-establish a girls league across London. The Capital Girls' League was implemented in 2011 with age groups at U10 & U12 with a total of teams participating. This figure has excelled to current numbers in season 2012-13 of 8xU9 teams, 11x U11 teams & 8x U13 teams.
- Middlesex FA successfully achieved a license to run one of 31 FA approved Girls Centre Of Excellence’s. In Season 2012/2013 the centre is running with 61 Players, 8 coaches ( 5 female) 5 Physiotherapists / Sport Science Team (3 female).
- Current Female Adult teams (11-a-side) 29 Current Female Youth Teams 122
- A total of 25 participating in drop in sessions, 50+ participating in drop in sessions within college programmes, 3 (11 aside) college teams, 5 (5 aside) teams participating in Female Legends programme, 37 girls participating in weekly player development sessions.
- Currently 26 Female Referees in the county with a further 17 females benefiting from the Female Referee Mentoring programme thanks to Funding from Female Legends Programme (Jan/Feb 2013)
- A total of 138 teams from across 53 schools in 9 boroughs competing in the Girls schools Futsal Competitions at U12, U14 & U16 age groups.
- Running a comprehensive programme to encapsulate all areas of the female game.
The FA funds full-time Football Development Officers to develop opportunities with the game. Whether you’re a beginner and want to try football for the first time, want to push yourself at a higher level or maybe you’ve been away from the game & would like to get back into it, there are opportunities for you. Perhaps coaching, refereeing or administration is more your thing; without people in these roles the game could not carry on. Whichever area you are interested in there is an opportunity for you and we’d love to hear from you.
Below are some of the programmes and initiatives we run in Middlesex:
- School 2 Club link programme
- FA Skills Programme
- The FA Charter Standard Award
- Coaching and Match Official courses
- Female Coach Mentoring Scheme
- Capital Girls League
- Female Legends 5-aside football
- County & School Female Representative Football
- Senior and Junior Women’s County Cups
- Girls (Youth) County Cups
- FA Centre of Excellence Programme
- Post-16 Education Programmes
Check out the Women and Girls' section of the website for regular updates on what’s happening in Middlesex, or for further details on County and National FA initiatives in the female game, email the Women & Girls Football Development team via firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0208 515 6909
To tell the County FA about your club's female football activities for the 2013-14 season, download this form.