Football clubs, regional federations and national administrators have pooled their efforts to deliver another Girls & Women’s football month to stage dozens of events throughout the country in March.
New Zealand Football launched Girls & Women’s Month 2022 at the start of March, reminding the football community that the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup — to be co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia — is getting closer.
This year’s month of activities includes everything from fun starter events for young girls, to tournaments and workshops for female coaches and referees. Game formats range from traditional 11-a-side to futsal, beach soccer and walking football.
New Zealand Football Women’s Development Manager Annalie Longo said:
“Girls and Women’s Month is about our federations and clubs opening their doors to new opportunities to engage more girls and women in football and futsal.
“Having a variety of activities in each federation throughout the month is key for upping the promotion and visibility of the game for girls and women in particular.
“It’s about letting them know that there are spaces for them throughout the game – whether it’s through playing, coaching, refereeing or administration – however they want to be involved.”
Introduction to Girls & Women’s Month 2022
New Zealand’s Football Ferns helped launch the month of activities with some special messages:
What’s on in your area
A key part of the month is the Play Dream Weekend (March 18-20) when all six regional federations, collaborating with local clubs, will stage free participation events.
To find a Girls and Women Play Dream weekend event near you, and to register, click on your federation: