The evolution and current situation of women's football

The evolution and current situation of women's football

Women's football has become a growing phenomenon today, overcoming social barriers and stereotypes historically linked to sports practice. This fact has allowed a paradigm shift, achieving a clear evolution in the concept of federative licences, as well as setting the bases from an economic perspective, where the different agents involved in the sports fabric are aware of the enormous journey and talent that exists in the sector of women's soccer.

The context provides a strategic vision to consider, establishing policies that allow actions to be developed in the medium-long term to continue working on professionalization. In the case of Spain, there is a commitment from the CSD to contribute €5M to allow the design of strategic plans, thus investing in the transformation process of the sector.

Itik Consulting presents the most relevant data of the sector, encompassing them in different areas of action, and key elements to consider agreeing on the process, such as the analysis of the evolution and current situation of women's football, the infrastructures, and economic resources available, as well as such as the analysis of the internal structures of the clubs at a global and regional level.

Get to know the most relevant data and its main characteristics to consider for the evolution of women's football:

1. What are the countries with the largest federation licenses at the world, European and national levels of women's football?

In terms of federative licences, we can see that football is in the fourth position in the state ranking, establishing figures that are still far from reference countries such as the United States, Germany, or Sweden in terms of women's football.

2. What is the internal structure that defines the clubs and the most frequent professional profiles?

The data shows the current state of women's football concerning the structure of its teams. If we look at grassroots football, 27% of the teams in the formative stages have exclusively women's sections, a relevant figure linked to the increase in licenses.

The growth of women's football involves a change in the internal structure of the clubs, determining the need to create specific and professional jobs in the women's football sector. The internal structure of the clubs is the basis that determines the implementation of actions, considering the strategic bases and priority actions. Enjoying a solid and organizationally consolidated structure determines the quality of the service and the degree of commitment to the objectives set.

Thus, despite this global growth, there is a huge field to cover, considering the implementation of specific actions that guarantee the promotion, professionalization, and constant evolution of women's football.

A survey of 282 world clubs and 30 professional football league clubs, season 2018/2019 or 2019. Report Benchmarking Report Women's Football, FIFA, 2021. Consult it here