FIFA announced Tuesday that it has launched a program for member associations to further develop women’s soccer on a sustainable basis while pushing it forward into the mainstream.

In line with FIFA’s Women’s Football Strategy , the FIFA Women’s Development Program hopes to provide all 211 member associations with the opportunity to apply for and access additional resources and specialist expertise to develop women’s soccer at a national level.

Member associations will be able to apply for support across eight key areas of women’s soccer development during the 2020-2023 period. In addition to financial assistance to cover the costs in selected programmes, the FIFA Women’s Development Program also will provide member association with access to women’s soccer experts, additional equipment and technical support within FIFA in order to develop women’s soccer in their country.

The FIFA Women’s Development Program underlines FIFA’s commitment to supporting associations in developing the women’s game and builds upon the solid foundations laid by the FIFA Forward Program. It also follows the recent announcement of an additional $500,000 grant per association as part of the COVID-19 Relief Plan that will be specifically allocated to women’s soccer.

The FIFA Women’s Development Program includes the following projects:

* Women’s soccer strategy

* Women’s soccer Campaign

* League development

* Club licensing

* Capacity-building for administrators

* Coach education scholarships

* Coach mentorship

* Women in soccer eadership

“FIFA’s commitment to supporting our member associations in developing women’s football remains one of our top priorities,” FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura said. “In addition to the funding currently available via the COVID-19 Women’s Football Grant and the FIFA Forward Program, the FIFA Women’s Football Development Program will provide more support and assistance to member associations so that they can invest in the women’s game at all levels.”