More women in Scotland taking up football

Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed new figures from the Scottish Football Association (SFA) that show the number of women playing football in Scotland has doubled in the past five years.

The figures obtained by the SNP shows that the number of women and girls registered with the SFA has jumped from 7,126 in 2014-15 to 14,071 in 2018-19 – indicating that the game is flourishing ahead of Scotland’s participation in this summer’s World Cup.

This news comes in the wake of local side, Morton Women, defeating Dryburgh Athletic 3-2 at Spartans’ Ainslie Park to claim the SWFL Division Two League Cup.

Commenting, the Greenock and Inverclyde SNP MSP said:

“These statistics prove that the women’s game in Scotland is flourishing at a grassroots level as well as at a professional level.

“Last week, Scotland defeated Jamaica 3-2 at Hampden in front of 18,555 people – a record crowd for Scotland’s women’s national team, which evidences the growing popularity of the women’s game.

“Greenock Morton Women lifted their second piece of silverware in just three seasons of existence after winning the SWFL Division Two League Cup last week too. This is a fantastic achievement and further highlights the amazing work being done by clubs across Scotland to further the women’s game.

“Shelley Kerr’s dedication and hard work is clear for all to see, and I wish her and her squad all the best in this summer’s Women’s World Cup. I have no doubt that the players will give every match their all, and I know Scotland will be backing them all the way.”

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