The PFA have welcomed the Government’s response to the independent review into women’s football.
The Government have backed all the recommendations coming out of the review, which was chaired by Karen Carney MBE, and called on football’s stakeholders to make immediate progress with the delivery of these. An implementation group has been established to hold football’s stakeholders to account.
PFA CEO Maheta Molango has welcomed the Government’s response and has said that the clear political expectation of delivery will be key to keeping momentum.
He said: “Government has given its full and clear support for the recommendations of the independent review into the women’s game, chaired by Karen Carney, and made clear its expectation that football’s stakeholders now need to get on with delivering these.
“The review has player welfare at its heart and the recommendations – which cover issues such as minimum standards, physical and mental wellbeing provisions and properly, fully funded, independent support – provide a clear and deliverable framework for women’s football to vastly improve conditions for players.
“Players will now rightly expect to see these acted on.
“With the creation of the ‘NewCo’, the women’s game is in the middle of a period of unprecedented change. Clubs, leagues and governing bodies should view this as a huge opportunity to ‘bake in’ to the new structures these improvements to player rights and conditions.
“The window for that to happen is small. Government has set a clear timeline for delivery and it is vital, at a time where there is a huge amount of significant reform right across the game which demands time and attention, that it prioritises this and plays an active role in making sure it is met.”