UK government backs Carney review of women's game

football04 December 2023 06:40| © Reuters
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The UK government said on Monday it backed the recommendations in former England international Karen Carney's review of domestic women's soccer, with culture secretary Lucy Frazer calling it a "defining moment" for the women's game.

Among 10 recommendations laid out in the July review, Carney had called for the Women's Super League and Championship to become fully professional environments and for women's soccer to have a dedicated broadcast slot.

"Our attention will be on making them a reality, and holding the football industry to account for their success," the government said of the recommendations.

The government will also set up an implementation group for the review's recommendations consisting of the FA, incoming women's soccer governing body NewCo and other stakeholders.

Frazer said she was confident the measures could propel the women's game even further and set the "standard for women's sport as a whole".

"We are completely committed to delivering equal access to sport for girls in schools, alongside an unprecedented £400 million ($507 million) investment in grassroots facilities," she said in a statement.

A £30 million investment with the FA will build around 30 new 3G pitches and facilities prioritising women's and girls' teams, the UK government said.

Former Arsenal and Chelsea player Carney described the government's additional investment and support as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform domestic women's football for generations to come".

"The real work begins now," she added.