As we know, there has been a remarkable surge in the women and girls' game in football across the Country, driven by the success of the Lionesses at the UEFA Women's Euros 2022 and the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.
This phenomenal success represents an incredible shift in the landscape of the sport, as more and more females of all ages are taking to the pitch.
In Kent, we have seen a 6% growth of more female players this year compared to last season. Women's and girls' football is here to stay, and we cannot wait to support more players on their journey. However, do you know what the pathway looks like?
We delve deep into the Kent female football landscape with Rebecca Moore, Football Development Officer (Women & Girls) at the Kent FA.
Entry Points into The Beautiful Game
“Stepping into something new can be terrifying for all ages. Still, we have sessions set up across the county to help you get started in football in a different format to just competitive league football suitable for complete beginners, those who may be returning to the game after a break from the game or those who cannot commit to team football- there is something for everyone!"
|Wildcats = Girls only sessions for those aged 5-11.
79 Centres across Kent.
|Squad Girls = Girls only sessions for those aged 12-14.
25 Centres across Kent.
|Just Play = Open-aged turn up and play sessions for those 16+
16 Centres across Kent.
“The Kent Girls and Ladies Football League is the largest girls league in the country, and from U18s players and teams filter into open-aged competitions such as the South East Counties Women’s League. To find your closest team, jump online to www.find.englandfootball.com!
“Aged 30+ and want to play competitive football but not keen on the idea of 11v11? No problem! We have launched a brand new over 30s casual league. Games are played at a central venue at Aylesford FC on a 3G pitch and played bi-weekly basis in a 7v7 format."
Young Female With A Lot Of Potential? There Are Opportunities For You!
“Kent FA is proud to host a Girls Emerging Talent Centre, a supplementary programme for talented girls aged 12-16 who want to enhance their development, running alongside the players' current football club. The centre gives them additional training and experiences to mirror the 'elite' game through goalkeeper coaching, strength and conditioning, fitness testing and nutrition, psychology and performance analysis workshops.
“Discover my Talent: The Young Lioness Talent Pathway referral programme is an opportunity to refer young players towards the national pathway.
“With more top-level women’s football being regularly televised, increasing player participation, and more playing opportunities in Kent than ever before, it’s evident that this journey is not just about the beautiful game, but also empowerment and inclusivity. The growing enthusiasm, support and opportunities for females in football are a testament to Kent’s commitment to equality and excellence. With every pass, every goal and every inspiring story, together, we can build a stronger, more inclusive football community right here in Kent. If you would like to find out more about the women and girls game in Kent, contact Rebecca Moore at Rebecca.Moore@KentFA.com”