“No one is going to put women's football down anymore. This is a sport that is to be reckoned with. We are going to get more and more recognition with the more success we have on and off the pitch."
Chelsea Ladies Manager
"There are more female sports journalists now than there were when I first started, but there are plenty of us who are the only woman in the office…That’s where Women in Football, which supports women working in the industry, comes into it. We’re supporting and encouraging other women to believe they belong."
Jacqui Oatley MBE
Sports Broadcaster, Football Presenter, Journalist
“Attendances are growing for the women’s league, and we’re well placed to become a mainstream sport in the future. I didn’t think when I started that within my career it would be possible to be a full-time pro in England. And that’s already happened.”
Player for Chelsea Ladies and England
We are a network of professional women working in and around the football industry who support and champion their peers.
Women play vital roles in making the game the success that it is. By sharing our professional experience, we hope to encourage more women to get involved in football across the board.
Women in Football aims to improve women’s representation at all levels of the game by challenging discrimination and lobbying for change in the sport industry, and eliminate negative attitudes towards women working in football.
Women in Football champions female talent and aims to raise awareness in a bid to bring about a change in attitudes to women working in football, and address the gender imbalance in the industry.
“For many people in the world of football the issues of diversity are hugely important, and I am one of the people there [at The FA] who feels I can bring that voice to that table, alongside all of my business experience. You become a role model in my case not because you want to be, but because you have to be – as there are no other mixed race people or women in my role [in football].”
“I want to be judged on ability and not on anything to do with being a woman in football. I’ve been schooled in negotiation and worked in a highly pressurised environment before I came into football. I can’t recall a player ever having effed and blinded at me but if there was ever to be a serious disagreement I’d be right in the thick of it. I’ve still got an advertising person’s temperament.”
"The only way to get rid of the stigma is people speaking out and showing that their sexuality doesn’t affect what they do day-to-day in their job."
“The FA WSL has helped improve the level of competition and quality at the top of the game which can only be a good thing for women’s football and for the England team. In fact, the women’s game has come a long way and has grown in every department. Whether that’s the number of girls playing, opportunities for females to work in the game, number of referees has increased, number of female coaches has increased. Everything, arguably, has got better. We’re in a healthy position and hopefully the future is bright.”