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Women's Football has been present on the Rock for over 26 years.

5 aside tournaments were initially introduced to promote women's football locally. These were played quarterly.

Gradually, due to an increase in participation levels and interest in playing football amongst women in Gibraltar, a 7 aside league and the Juan Chipol Cup - Futsal Tournament was created followed shortly after by an 11 aside league. The 11 aside league soon plateaued with only 3 clubs competing on a weekly basis, however, the Juan Chipol - Futsal Tournament continued to become an extremely popular annual event in the women's footballing calender.

Consequently, Women's Football was restructured and a 9 aside league was introduced and the Rock Cup Tournament created. The 9 aside league has since grown from strength to strength with more and more clubs showing interest.

Since entering the UEFA family, Women's Football in Gibraltar has been able to attract further enthusiasm from both young girls and women alike. This increase in participation is not only visible amongst female players within the game but also with regular newly qualified female referees, officials and coaches.

Grassroots Football and Football For All began to form a big part of the Gibraltar FA's Women's Development Programme. With this ethos in mind, the "Girls Football Development Programme" was initiated. Members of the Women's Football Department visited various schools in Gibraltar, offering help, advice and equipment where possible and the "Fun Friday's" was launched. This programme specifically targeted girls aged 5 to 12 and has proven to be very popular. Due to its success, the Women's Football Department are now looking to inroduce other similar programmes in order to bridge the gap between these young girls currently participating in grassroots football and the Women's League.

Another recent success was Gibraltar's first ever UEFA Women's Development Tournament, which was held at the Victoria Stadium during the summer months (June 30th - July 5th) in 2014. This tournament saw Gibraltar's Women's National Squad compete against Andorra, Algarve and Luxembourg. This proved to be a great success both locally and internationally in regards to the visiting National teams.

In 2015 Gibraltar's Women's National Squad competed once again at the Island Games held in Jersey. This proved to be a steep learning curve as the Women's National Squad competed against some strong opponents.

Development, progression and interest in women's football grows daily in Gibraltar.

INTERESTED IN TAKING UP WOMEN'S FOOTBALL?

For more information, or anything to do with the Women's game in Gibraltar please contact:

womensfootball@gibraltarfa.com

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