CONCACAF’s second Women’s Football Day draws participants from all areas within the region to play the game, while improving their football skills
The participation of thousands of girls and women highlighted the immense success that is CONCACAF Women’s Football Day. The second version of the yearly celebration was fully embraced by the Confederation and its’ Member Associations, as all of the 41 nations, supported the key cause of increasing the participation of women in football and the sport’s development.
The event offered girls, women, and all those willing to support the cause, an opportunity to celebrate the growth of the game, while highlighting key values such as leadership, inclusion, and gender equality.
The initiative was celebrated through the following formats:
- Girls Grassroots Festival
- 3 vs. 3 Tournaments
- 5 vs.5 Tournaments
- Football Skills Challenge
"As CONCACAF celebrates another Women's Football Day, I am excited and proud to be a part of this successful campaign. The participation of all 41 Members Associations is a true testament that we are well on our way to raising the profile of the women's game in our region," said FIFA and CONCACAF Council Member, Sonia Bien-Aime.
In addition, the Confederation successfully hosted the Forum: “Football: A Platform of Opportunities” with the support of the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL). The event was highlighted by the presentations of the National Female Team Head Coach, Amelia Valverde, the President of the Costa Rican Women’s League, Victor Hugo Alfaro, and the Legal Director of FEDEFUTBOL, Margarita Echeverria. The session was moderated by FEDEFUTBOL Director of Women’s Development and member of CONCACAF’s Women’s Football Leadership Group, Elieth Artavia.
“In the next four years our Confederation will experience significant changes in terms of women’s football,” said Artavia. “CONCACAF’s support and the commitment from each of the Member Associations is crucial for the sport’s growth. It is important to identify women and men, whose expertise can further assist in the advancement of the game.”
CONCACAF is the leading Confederation in participating women footballers, displayed by the nearly three million registered female players. In 2014, the Confederation conducted the first-ever Under-15 tournament for girls in the Cayman Islands. Additionally, CONCACAF also hosted FIFA women’s tournaments for youth players – the U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cups in Costa Rica and Canada.
There are currently 30 women’s football leagues at the national association level, including three futsal and three beach soccer leagues. In total, there are 25 youth leagues (U13, U15 and U17), which demonstrate the current focus on women’s youth development, as well as the potential for further growth.