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Women in Football Leadership Programme (WFLP)

The Women in Football Leadership Programme aims to support the careers of women capable of influencing the football industry today and in the future through a powerful leadership training week.

Programme overview

The Women in Football Leadership Programme is designed for women in football who have the potential and motivation to progress into senior leadership positions within their organisation or are already in such roles. Participants work on and discuss aspects of leadership, while also focusing heavily on selfawareness and how this can support their career development. With the coaching included during the programme week, participants are challenged in both personal and professional aspects. Organised in collaboration with FIFA, the programme also provides a platform for exchange and networking between participants with a rich variety of backgrounds.

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Type of learning
E-learning Face-to-Face
Skills Trained
Soft skills Hard skills
Estimated hours of learning


  • Who Women in decision-making positions or those with especially potential working in national associations and their stakeholders
  • When Annually (7-11 March 2022)
  • How Long 1 week
  • Where Nyon or Zürich, Switzerland (in alternance)
  • Price €6,700 (covered by UEFA for representatives of European national associations and by FIFA for representatives of other national associations)
  • Number of participants 30
  • Language English
  • Certification Certificate of completion

Important dates

  • 10 Dec 2021 Applications open
  • 17 Jan 2022 Applications close
  • 07 Mar 2022 Course starts


  • developed a clear understanding of what skills are needed for leadership, and how these are reflected within their own professional characters;
  • an increased level of self-awareness and an understanding of how this benefits their personal and professional goals.
  • extended their network and created strong links with women working in positions of authority in football or ready to step into leadership roles;
  • built additional confidence to set and pursue ambitious career goals and fulfil their potential.


Stephanie Forde

Stephanie Forde

Operations Director in Professional Refereeing

After playing football for 6 years, Stephanie started refereeing at the age of 13. It did not take long before football, and more particular refereeing, became her way of life.
In the process of developing her active career, she started working for the RBFA as a Referee Development officer in 2013.

One of her biggest achievements was working on the implementation of the VAR in Belgium. When refereeing was reorganised in May 2019, Stephanie was promoted as Operations Director in Professional Refereeing. Because she felt she lacked some competences and insights in certain matters, Stephanie strongly felt the urge to fill up this void.
The WFLP helped her a lot in achieving this goal.


  • Awareness of internal and external customer needs
  • Decision-making
  • Influencing and leading
  • Stress tolerance
  • Motivational skills

Looking for

  • Shared experiences and learning from each other
  • Learning about inspiring people and enabling them to reach their full potential
  • a stronger network enabling a greater collaboration between various federations
  • Developing more strongly my self-knowledge and critical thinking
Lowri Roberts

Lowri Roberts

33, Welsh
Head of Women’s Football at The Football Association of Wales

Although Lowri had worked in women’s football for over ten years, her new role is the first senior leadership role, so she wanted to grow her network and learn from those who have been successful in similar roles and develop the tools to help her achieve in this role.


  • Coaching and development
  • Marketing
  • Event management
  • Broad understanding of the women's football landscape

Looking for

  • Developing a support network of women who are going through similar experiences and challenges in their own associations
  • Learn from best practice and others’ experiences.
  • To learn how to influence change in a male dominated sport


Nadine Kessler
"Developing a new generation of female leaders in football is crucial to promote greater gender balance in representative roles across football and its decision-making bodies. By identifying talents and providing them with a platform that can unleash their potential, elevate their capabilities and, most importantly, empower them to step up and take on leadership opportunities, the Women in Football Leadership Programme encourages both personal and professional growth. Through our valued partnership with FIFA, the programme provides a global perspective on the administration of football and ensures that an inspiring network of like-minded female football leaders can be guaranteed across the world." Nadine Kessler, Chief of Women’s Football UEFA
Fatma Samoura
"FIFA believes it is essential to improve the gender balance within football’s decision-making bodies. Having more women rise to leadership positions in football should be the norm and not the exception. With this in mind FIFA, UEFA and the IMD Business School have organised the Women in Football Leadership Programme, to provide a platform for female executives in football to grow, flourish and take on more prominent roles within their organisations. I look forward to the programme kicking off so that we can support and encourage female participants to be the best they can be and to Dare to Shine at the highest levels of the football industry." Fatma Samoura, Secretary General FIFA
Ginka Toegel
"We are honoured to partner with UEFA and FIFA in delivering the Women in Football Leadership Programme. The future of football can only benefit from greater diversity across its leadership. IMD looks forward to empowering participants with the right tools, knowledge and support to reach their full potential in decision-making roles in football." Ginka Toegel, IMD Professor of Leadership


IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland
IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
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