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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.

Latest news: Women's football

What do fans want from a return in the women’s game?

The FSA are gathering the views of fans of women’s football across the country on how they believe football can safely return from its COVID-19 suspension with spectators in the stands. 

FA meets fan groups in women’s game to discuss restart

Fan representatives from the Football Supporters’ Association women’s network – covering clubs playing in the FAWSL, FAWCL and FAWNL – took part in a fan forum with the FA on Monday 6th July.

WSL fans have their say on season resumption plans

Fans of five leading WSL sides have given their thoughts on the COVID-19 shutdown and their chances of returning to stadiums once the disruption caused by the pandemic has eased, and voiding the season has not proved a popular option. 

She Believes Cup guide for travelling fans

With England’s She Believes Cup campaign getting underway shortly, as part of our Free Lionesses service we’ve pulled together some useful links and information for fans who might be making the journey out to the USA to cheer on Phil Neville’s side, who are aiming to retain the trophy they won in 2019. 

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  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

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  • Living Wage Foundation
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