Women's and Girls' Football Thriving on Merseyside
England’s success at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup captured the attention and hearts of the nation.
The bronze medal-winning Lionesses spoke of inspiring the next generation and creating a legacy. They certainly did just that – and Liverpool FA is here to foster that legacy.
The FA took over the running of the women’s game in 1993, and with almost 2.5 million registered players, football is now the top participation sport for women and girls in England.
The infographic below demonstrates the depth and breadth of the work being driven by The FA and its key partners in developing our sport.
Across Merseyside, the statistics are just as impressive, with more females getting involved in football on a regular basis.
• 209 female teams were involved in mini soccer, youth, adult and small-sided football in 2017/18
• Two youth girls’ leagues are being contested on Saturday and Sunday
• We have one Women’s League and an additional Women’s Summer League
• 28 SSE Wildcats Football Centres running for 5-11-year-olds; the result of £26,900 of investment
• 276 school teams involved in primary and secondary school festivals run by Liverpool FA, with 2,713 players involved thanks to £6,000 funding from English Schools FA
• LCFA Super 7s delivered with eight college teams (16-19-year-olds) and over 60 players participating
• £3,000 invested into our Girls’ Satellite Programme, targeting girls aged 14-19
• Re-launched LCFA Ladies Futsal League with six teams participating
• New ‘Beginners to Football’ sessions/festivals launching in the summer
• Over £94,500 invested by the Football Foundation in 2017 to develop female teams, with an estimated £50,000 hopefully delivered in 2018
• Female-only Level 2 recently completed, with a female-only Level 1 starting in July
• £2,500 invested by The FA to allow Liverpool FA to educated females in primary and secondary schools on refereeing, which will also result in discounted referee courses and support via the referee mentor programme
If you, or someone you know, is keen to start playing women’s and girls’ football in Merseyside, please CLICK HERE or contact our Football Development Officer, Anna Farrell, for further information.