The Sport Information Resource Centre
The Sport Information Resource Centre
Rear view of a young girl holding a soccer ball on sidelines during a soccer match, wearing a yellow jersey.

In a first of its kind report on the status of elite women’s soccer, FIFA has found that the success of a national team is correlated with the proportion of domestic clubs that offer youth programs for girls. For leagues in which 80% of clubs have girls’ programs, the average national team ranking is 13th—compared to an average ranking of 28th for all other countries.