Football: Females

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 5th September 2018.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to establish an alternative governance body than the Football Association to administer women's football in England.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

We are not considering a legislative change in the way football is run in this country. With almost 2.5 million registered players, football is now the top participation sport for women and girls in England with the FA setting out their ambition to double female participation over the next five years.

Together with Sport England, Government is working closely with the FA to maximise the returns in terms of increased participation and improving the talent pathway for women’s and girl’s football, including supporting their bid to host the 2021 European Championships.

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