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Registered Female Players

The number of registered female players within UEFA nations is at its historical highest in 2017 (1,270,481), - having increased fourfold (+1.04m) between 1985 and 2011 before plateauing in recent years.

Ukraine (1964%), Kazakhstan (445%) and Portugal (+322%) have seen the greatest growth in female player registration in the last five years.

YearRegistered Players
1985240,000
1990280,000
1995350,000
2000500,000
2005890,000
2009930,000
20111,270,000
20121,140,000
20131,162,314
20141,208,558
20151,199,584
20161,270,481
20171,365,524

League Growth / NATIONAL TEAMS

In the last five years, the number of national teams registered with UEFA to participate at various levels of competition, from youth to senior, has increased by more than a third (+60).

This growth is thanks to national associations significantly expanding their youth team set-up within various age brackets.

YearLeague Growth
2012173
2013204
2014221
2015227
2016233
2017238

Grassroots / Youth League Growth

Youth leagues have increased in number by 62% since 2013, with 266 domestic youth league competitions currently taking place for women throughout Europe and other UEFA-registered nations.

YearGrassroots League Growth
2012164
2013204
2014218
2015240
2016266
2017266

Grassroots Academies for Growth / NATIONAL ACADEMIES FOR GIRLS

There are twice as many women's football academies across UEFA nations in 2017 than when the last European Championships last took place in 2013.

YearGrassroots Academies Growth
201210
201311
201414
201515
201620
201720

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION BUDGET FOR WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

UEFA nations are now investing more money into female national sides than ever before. 101.7 million euros was allocated to this area of the game in the 2016/2017 season - a figure which has more than doubled from 50.4 million euros over the last five years.

YearNational Association Budgets
201250.4 million €
201380.6 million €
201481.2 million €
2015196.7 million €
2016101.7 million €
2017111.7 million €

Number of Women's Committees

There is an all-time high of women's football committees in 2017 (44), in order to help foster the development of female participation generally and competitively.

YearWomen's Committees
201235
201339
201438
201544
201644
201741

NUMBER OF DEDICATED STAFF TO UEFA WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

In 2017, the number of staff dedicated to women's football is 1.5x higher across UEFA nations than it was in 2013 - the year that the Women's European Championships last took place.

There is an all-time high of women's football committees in 2017 (44), in order to help foster the development of female participation generally and competitively.

YearDedicated Staff
2012251
2013264
2014364
2015534
2016659
2017645

Female Employment

The growth in popularity of women's football is also reflected in their governance of the sport. The number of women progressing into managerial positions (or higher) in UEFA nations has increased by 49% since the season preceding the Women's Euro 2013.

England employs 51 women in senior footballing roles, which is almost twice as many as Greece (27) in second place, closely followed by France (26) and Serbia (24).

YearFemale employment
2012268
2013272
2014366
2015423
2016399
2017383