Established in June 2015, by Football Federation Victoria, the Women in Football Network (WiFN) is aimed to support and celebrate all women in football, regardless of their role.
Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) adopted the WiFN locally in 2018 due to the lack of representation of females within our NNSWF football clubs as players, referees, coaches, volunteers and females in decision making roles.
In 2018 Females still only represented 23% of the registered player base in Northern NSW with a mere 9% of registered female referees and 14.7% registered female coaches.
The WiFN hosts NNSWF events in rebel Female Football Week and during the year and is an email Newsletter that ensures information about female participation reaches those who are interested.
If you are as excited about the future of a balanced football community as we are and would like to join the WiFN where you will receive details about specific WiFN events, please register below.
NSNWF began by inviting 12 women from the Hunter Region to be a part of a WiFN – Group, it was developed to bring together women from all areas of football with a wide range of experiences to discuss challenges facing women in football in a safe and progressive non-official forum.
The Group meets regularly in person or via webinars to freely discuss the issues women in football experience such as:
– lack of women in decision making roles
– male dominated environments,
– lacking of confidence etc
WiFN – Group provides an opportunity to learn from each other, share knowledge, voice football stories and openly share opinions on football.
The Group, assists in developing the skills to express their views effectively in order to be heard in their football communities and assisting to break down barriers.
Why a focus on Female Participation?
Yes, we have made progress – there has been an increase of registered female participation, over the past 5 years, from 9339(2013) to 11,990(2018) a 28.4% increase in registered players.
However, in 2018 Females still only represented 23% of the registered player base in Northern NSW with a mere 9% of registered female referees and 14.7% registered female coaches.
If NNSWF, Member Zones and Member Clubs want to grow participation, particularly by women and girls, it is important to ensure there is a focus on it, that they have support, and that the environment and the clubs culture supports them to do so in a safe and inclusive way. There are many benefits to having more women in and around a football club such as an increase in membership, more volunteers and more diverse skills, in return creates a welcoming and balanced environment.
The best thing we can do is to talk to the women and male champions in the clubs and listen to them. They understand the challenges specific to the clubs better than anyone. As part of the WiFN, you will receive direct emails about female participation and opportunities within Northern NSW.