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Review of women’s football published

Recommendations for women’s football have been warmly welcomed by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) today, following the publication of an in-depth review carried out by former Lioness Karen Carney MBE.

The report – Raising the Bar – sets out 10 strategic recommendations, providing a roadmap to raising standards in the women’s game from grassroots to professional levels.  These include an extension of the SGSA’s safety licensing system to the Women’s Super League, along with developing a voluntary, self-regulatory model for the Championship.

Martyn Henderson OBE, Chief Executive of the SGSA, said: “The growth of women’s football over recent years has been thrilling to see. The recognition that this now needs to be matched with the appropriate processes, governance and investment is warmly welcomed.  Not only will this enhance the experience for fans, it also demonstrates this country’s commitment to being a leader for women’s football, both on and off the field.”

Since September 2019, the SGSA worked in partnership with the FA to support the safe growth of the women’s game.  This has been delivered on an advisory basis at no cost, based on our commitment to ensure everyone can enjoy live sport safely.

At present, there are 24 grounds that are used within the Women’s Super League.  Of these, 17 are already licensed by the SGSA to admit spectators, as they are also used in the men’s professional game.

The SGSA will support the Government, FA and others to consider how an appropriate and sustainable licensing model for the Women’s Super League, as well as proportionate standards for the Women’s Championships and lower steps in the women’s pyramid, could be developed.

The publication of the report is timely with the start of the Women’s World Cup next week.  The SGSA wishes the Lionesses the best of luck in their campaign!


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