CONCACAF celebrate second Women’s Football Day20 May 2016

TheConfederationofNorth,CentralAmericaandCaribbeanAssociationFootball(CONCACAF)willhostovertheweekend theirsecondannualWomen’sFootballDayaimedat inspiringgirlsandwomentoplayfootball.

The one-day event is scheduled to kick-off at 11:00 AM EDT on Saturday 21 May. Several activities will be organised within CONCACAF member nations to boost opportunities for girls and women to play the football, including grassroots festivals, 3 v 3 and 5 v 5 tournaments and football skill sessions.

“CONCACAF has created the Women’s Football Day as a unique initiative to encourage greater participation from women of all ages in the game, while showing how sport can have a positive impact on education, health, and development,” said CONCACAF Acting General Secretary Ted Howard.

“We are convinced that there is an enormous growth potential within our region and we need to continue demonstrating that the sport offers significant opportunities to empower women beyond the pitch.” he added.

In the Caribbean island of St Lucia the Football Association (FA) will organise two events to mark the day, while in El Salvador over 200 girls aged between 7 and 12 years old will join the FA’s second football festival.

Nicaragua will kick-off the activities on Friday 20 May with an event that will count with the participation of the women’s  national football team. On Saturday, the FA (Fenifut) will welcome 250 girls to their grassroots festival. Guatemala will also mark the day with by hosting a dedicated football festival.

In Honduras the FA (Fenafuth) will host football skill sessions for 160 girls from across the country at the El Birichiche national stadium. In a similar move, the Panama Football Association (FEPAFUT) will also organise skills sessions at the Maracaná de El Chorrillo stadium to raise awareness of the transformative power of football for women and girls.

To further the action day’s reach, Costa Rica prepared a week-long of activities that started on 16 May and will come to an end on Saturday. In addition to the local festivals that the FA (FEDEFUTBOL) has been holding across the country, on 21 May 400 girls from across Costa Rica will come together to participate in major action. As part of the event, the U-15 women’s national team will play two friendly matches.thumb-tifcrc2016-1fc5f2d50e0b75ccab1cda1e1e9c89be

On 20 May FEDEFUTBOL will also organise a forum to discuss opportunities for women in football, gender equality and share best practice on how to help the sport grow.

On the inaugural women’s day held in 2015, 37 of the 41 member associations within the Confederation united to mark the increasing participation of women in football and promote the empowerment of girls and women through football. In 2016, all 41 member associations will participate.

Adding to the successes of the event on its first year, CONCACAF announced in March 2016 the creation of a task force on women’s football, composed of female football leaders, to further the game.

Earlier this week, the Centro American Football Union (UNCAF) launched the first inter-clubs football competition for women’s football in the region, which will take place in Costa Rica between 24 and 29 May 2016.

League champions and vice-champions of UNCAF countries including Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua will contest the tournament, which aims to grow to become the equivalent of the men’s Champions League for women’s football.