As part of FIFA’s goal for every member associations (MA) to have a women’s football strategy in place by 2022, the Women’s Football Division is working with MAs in Botswana, the Dominican Republic, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia on their key focus areas.
Eight new initiatives related to the Women’s Development Programme were launched, including access to tailored expertise in conjunction with the publication of the new FIFA Women’s Football Administrator Handbook. Workshops with over 80 MAs have taken place to support women’s football experts to implement many of these projects, and women’s football programmes on technical leadership are also being delivered to MA technical directors.
In addition, via the third stage of the FIFA COVID-19 Relief Plan, each MA is entitled to receive up to USD 500,000 for the protection and resumption of women’s football, ensuring that it remains at the top of the game’s agenda around the world.
Utilising football’s power as a force for social development, FIFA is also working with UN Women and the French Development Agency to develop projects aimed at tackling women’s issues in Africa, as well as other potential projects during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.