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Women’s football

In recent years the growth of the women’s game has exceeded the expectations of many, look no further than the 31,213 who watched the Manchester derby on the opening weekend of the Women’s Super League.

While this and the 24,000 who turned up at Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea beat Spurs grabbed the headlines, there were also hugely positive signs elsewhere. As Katie Wyatt in The Times pointed out, Bristol City, whose average attendance was 565 last season pulled 3,041 to their season opener at Ashton Gate.

The Women’s World Cup, at which the FSA provided its first ever Free Lionesses service, showed that there is huge interest in the women’s game and a fantastic opportunity to develop this side of the sport which football should not pass up.

The FSA believes that the help and support we have traditionally been able to offer to those who watch men’s teams should also be available to those who follow women’s teams. Think access to national networks, training opportunities, mechanisms to raise their concerns with the leagues as a national group of supporters, and general FSA communications and staff support.

FSA aims:

  • To encourage and support the set up of more supporters groups;
  • To support and encourage existing groups;
  • To make plans to represent the support voice at all levels of the game;
  • To work with and lobby governing bodies to include supporters in key decisions;
  • To support and encourage clubs to include supporters at every level.

Contact:

Email Deborah Dilworth (FSA Women’s Game Development) or call 0330 44 000 44.

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