Ecuador hosts seminar on licensing women’s football

  • The 1st Women’s Football Club Licensing Symposium held in Guayaquil, Ecuador

  • 50 participants shared their experiences in this field

  • “The creation of licenses has played an essential role in professionalism”

The Ecuadorean Football Federation has focused all its efforts on developing women’s practice since 2019. After taking the first big step, launching the Women’s Super League, it has worked to strengthen the 16-team tournament.

“The Ecuadorean Football Federation (FEF) covers the costs of arbitration, medical insurance, travel outside the province and programming for the Women’s Superliga. We are the only women’s league in the region with 100 per cent female triple referees,” says William Poveda. , Director of Licensing and Competitions at FEF.

Despite these remarkable developments, there are still some goals to be achieved. One of them relates to the Women’s Club Licensing System, a FIFA tool designed to stimulate the development of women’s club football in its 211 member associations.

“The creation of licenses has played an essential role in professionalism, while setting the quality standards that clubs must adhere to in order to obtain a license and participate in high-level competitions,” Poveda adds.

To continue this development, the Federation hosted the Women’s Club Licensing Symposium for the first time in Guayaquil last June.

“An analysis of the different perspectives of national and international women’s football conducted by experts in various fields has broadened our horizon regarding the paths to be followed to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves in order to increase the competitiveness of this discipline and ensure its sustainability.”

Some advantages of the licensing system

  • Bringing together member associations and clubs

  • Increasing professionalism in club management

  • Enhance financial transparency of the club

  • improve governance

  • Increasing the number of teams and players coached in the club

  • investment support

  • Improvement of stadiums, offices and training facilities

  • Assistance in managing risks and crises

The symposium was attended by 50 participants who discussed various topics. In addition to the various components of the licensing system, the forum discussed how the system works around the world, the success of the Women’s Football League, FIFA’s women’s football strategy, gender-based violence prevention, and digital marketing metrics.

Ignacio Toro, Head of Professional Women’s Football at FIFA confirms.

Thanks to events like these, women’s practice continues to grow in Ecuador and the gap with men’s football continues to shrink. “I am very pleased to participate in this FIFA-led seminar, which brought together officials from clubs, CONMEBOL, Women’s Liga MX, CONCACAF, the United Nations, public entities, media and brands. We encourage collaboration among all stakeholders, Which responds to a need in women’s football”, continues Ignacio Toro.

Encouraging sponsorship, increasing media coverage and increasing the number of technological tools available to the 16 clubs: all short, medium and long-term goals that Ecuadorian women’s football will achieve more easily thanks to licenses. William Poveda concludes, “We expect the licensing system to create organizational structures with an enduring culture to support women’s teams, so that this system evolves from the grassroots to the elite, and that our country becomes a regional and global power.” During the seminar, FIFA published a report dedicated to the Women’s Superliga, which includes information on league and club sponsors, social media audiences, stadiums, and most notable television rights and requirements in licensing women’s football clubs. The report is available here.

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