Women’s football is growing in popularity both at elite and grassroots level and to ensure this positive trend continues, UEFA has taken the decision to approve a 50% increase in funding to back women’s football development projects across Europe.
As part of UEFA’s HatTrick programme, which redistributes funds to all 55 member associations for approved development projects, the UEFA Women’s Football Development Programme (WFDP) currently provides each member association with €100,000 per year. This figure will now rise to €150,000 annually from 2020 – an increase of 50%.
“The potential for women’s football is limitless and it is with this in mind UEFA has taken the step to increase the funding available to the national associations to help improve the women’s game across the continent,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. “Increasing the participation and the role of women in football has been one of my main objectives, both before and after I became UEFA president.”
The aim of the WFDP is to give UEFA and the national associations the chance to implement their visions as well as allowing the associations to advance in accordance with their respective needs. UEFA is determined to push the European women’s game forward in the years to come and encourage girls and women to get even more involved in football.
UEFA is committed to championing women’s football and providing all the necessary support, and also giving opportunities and access for women both on and off the pitch. It is vital those who are just starting out in their careers, or others who are already heavily involved in football, receive all the assistance they can to continue playing and enjoying the game they love.
SMI Press Office