The Gameplan for Growth - Refereeing review

The third instalment of The FAs Gameplan for Growth review

This week, The FA reviews how The Gameplan for Growth increased the number of female referees and raised standards throughout the women’s and girls’ game.  

The Gameplan for Growth committed to “increase the number and diversity of women refereeing the sport at all levels” by developing The FA’s refereeing structure. Below are some facts and figures

  • 2,146 female referees across all levels of the game – 72% increase since 2016
  • 63% of games in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with a female referee in 2019/20, a 20% increase over the last four seasons
  • 55% of games in the FA Women’s Championship with a female referee in 2019/20, a 25%increase over three seasons
  • The introduction of a match official evaluation system in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League
  • 98.3% of correct decisions made by match officials in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League 
  • 115 referees attending The FA’s Grassroots Development Day in 2020
  • Four female referees and five assistant referees now on the FIFA list of match officials

Please find below the results, a first-person narrative from Joanna Stimpson [The FA’s Women’s Professional Game Refereeing Manager] and the story of three different case studies who have flourished during the strategy. 

Gameplan for Growth - Refereeing Review