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.
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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.
After completing the WFLP, participants will have:
- 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.
#Time for Action
For the first time in its history, UEFA has launched a dedicated women’s football strategy. It commits UEFA to a five-year strategic framework with the aim of supporting, guiding and lifting both women’s football and the position of women in football across Europe by 2024.
It focuses on building the foundations within UEFA and its member associations to give European women’s football the best possible platform to thrive. UEFA is investing in programmes and initiatives to support a balanced delivery of this plan from grassroots to elite levels. This includes the further development of women who wish to work in football and the implementation of educational, leadership and mentoring programmes to achieve cultural gains and increase opportunities. The Women in Football Leadership Programme is one such programme and we firmly believe that it helps us in our goal to double the number of women on UEFA bodies by 2024. The further integration of women into football will only increase diversity and secure the game’s future.
The UEFA women’s football strategy aims to reach the following goals by 2024:
- Double the number of women and girls playing football in UEFA’s member associations to 2.5 million.
- Change the perceptions of women’s football across Europe.
- Double the reach and value of the UEFA Women’s EURO and the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
- Improve player standards by reaching standard agreements for national team players and putting safeguarding policies in place in all 55 member associations.
- Double female representation on all UEFA bodies.
Women in decision-making positions or those with especially potential working in national associations and their stakeholders
Nyon and Zürich, Switzerland (in alternance)
€6,700 (covered by UEFA for representatives of European national associations and by FIFA for representatives of other national associations)
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What the organisers have to say
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.
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.
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.
IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)