The Football Association has launched Girls’ Football Week in a bid to encourage more girls to play football.

Colleges, Universities, Clubs and community groups are all encouraged to run female-specific football sessions from Monday 5th October to Sunday 11th October.

The week has been created after the success of previous ‘Women’s Football Weeks’. 

The week also builds on the FA’s new ‘We Can Play’ campaign, which was launched to encourage more females to play football on the eve of England’s hugely successful Women’s World Cup campaign.

The FA are hoping that 5,000 girls and women will play football during the week.

FA women’s football national project manager Polly Fildes said: “This year has seen real change and momentum in women’s football, and we wanted to build on that by extending the programme.

“We want as many schools, colleges and universities to provide opportunities for their female students to play football during our national week of action and we have created the tools and materials provided to make it as easy as possible for them to do so.

“We have seen some real success stories across the country with our Women’s Football Weeks, with women not just trying, but continuing to play football, and we’re hoping for the same next month. We may even find the next generation of Lionesses.”

Women’s football is the largest female team sport in the country and the third largest team sport overall – behind men’s football and cricket.

 Source: www.thefa.com

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