As the CONCACAF Women’s Football Day approaches, the Confederation’s Member Associations are organizing several innovative and impactful activities for girls and women within the region.
32 of the 41 Member Associations have confirmed their participation in this annual initiative that will be held on May 21, 2016. The celebration is expected to provide unprecedented drive in awareness and promotion for women's football. Furthermore, the event will promote the empowerment of girls and women, while highlighting key values such as leadership, equality and inclusion.
Member Associations will help inspire the participation in the game through events such as grassroots festivals, matches and skills challenges.
CONCACAF Women’s Football Day will officially kick-off on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. EST. All participants and football fans are encouraged to use the event’s designated hashtags:
Through these channels you will have the opportunity to share photos, videos, comments, stories and more. These channels will amplify CONCACAF’s women’s football movement and raise awareness of the opportunities the sport offers to girls and women both on and off the field.
UNICEF will join the celebration of the Women's Football Day, collaborating in promoting messages through their social networks, to further raise awareness of sport as a powerful tool to promote equality in society.
According to UNICEF, "Sport can help girls and young women claim their place in society. It can help girls gain respect and develop self-esteem. It allows them to form friendships. It teaches girls self-sufficiency, personal autonomy and leadership. On sports grounds, there is no difference between children."
Building on the success of the inaugural women’s day held in 2015, in which 38 of the 41 member associations within the Confederation united to create a significant opportunity for girls and women to play the game, this year’s one-day event will provide an even stronger platform to raise awareness for women’s growing participation in football.
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.