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.
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.
- Who Women in decision-making positions or those with especially potential working in national associations and their stakeholders
- When Annually (28 March -1 April 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
- Application We review applications all year round as they arrive; however, there is a specific deadline for the upcoming edition of each programme. When the number of places is limited, you may have a better chance of being selected by applying earlier in the application cycle. You will either receive confirmation that you have been selected within two weeks of applying or be added to an application list and informed of the decision once the deadline has passed.
- 13 Dec 2021 Applications open
- 17 Jan 2022 Applications close
- 28 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.
IS THIS PROGRAMME
SUITED FOR YOU?
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
- Influencing and leading
- Stress tolerance
- Motivational skills
- 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
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
- Event management
- Broad understanding of the women's football landscape
- 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