Football United's Community Coordinator Assmaah Helal, looks at the world of Sport for Development and Peace to celebrate the achievements of women and #pledgeforparity.
“Football today is overwhelmingly male – not because women and girls are inherently disinterested or incapable, but rather due to decades of institutional and social barriers that prevent them from playing.”
Vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation and a member of the FIFA Executive Committee
Football embraces equal participation opportunities for males and females. But in most cases the environment is dominated by male coaches, male managers and male role models. Female coaches, administrators and role models are vital components for ongoing participation and increasing equality.
TheWomensGame’s recent report, “Girls football participation hits all-time high”, highlights the reasons for increased participation of football for girls from minority groups and migrant communities, and makes specific reference to Football United’s role in this achievement.
Football United is able to address this gender bias and provides access to coaching qualifications and opportunities to use these skills within their community. Over 40% of Football United coaches are female. The gender balanced environment provided by Football United not only increases short term participation amongst females but also the long term opportunities to grow and diversify the volunteer and paid workforce available to Football in Australia.