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The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (RMFF) has announced the launch of a four-year dedicated women’s football strategy aimed at growing the ladies’ game.

The development strategy, which will run from the start of 2021 to 2024, comes just a fortnight after the African ruling body, Caf, unveiled a four-year strategy. 

Morocco’s women’s football strategy borders on three key areas of development, which consist of sporting development, financial investment and technical growth.

FRMF president Fouzi Lekjaa said they were targeting grassroots development, as well as sprucing up the regional and the national teams’ administration as key areas for growth. Lekjaa added they were aiming to raise the value of women’s football by developing a participatory business strategy to actively engage girls at grassroots level from schools.

FRMF president Fouzi Lekjaà

Under the sporting aspect, the launching of a professional tournament with its first and second divisions is at the forefront and is set to start in the next football season. This will be followed by the establishment of a national championship for players under 17 years of age, and regional championships for the youngest groups.

The financial area will witness the raising of the annual grant allocated to women’s football clubs – 120 million Moroccan Dirham (US$13 million) for the first national division clubs and 80 million Moroccan Dirham (US$8.6 million) for second national division clubs – with full compliance to the plan.

10 million Moroccan Dirham (US$1.1 million) will also be allocated to the regional bodies to advance women’s football, with full compliance to the plan.

In the technical area, it will raise the number of girls and women playing football in the country to 90 thousand in 2024, and form 1000 technical frameworks for the women’s football clubs.

It will also develop the general level of women’s football in the professional national championship with its first and second division, the regional championship and the youth national teams.

With this move, Morocco will be aiming to qualify for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations for the first time since 2000 following their triumph at the 2020 UNAF Women’s Tournament in February. 

Before announcing the appointment of Wafa Bakush as NWFL director-general, Lekjaa urged stakeholders to support the success of the plan in a bid to take women’s football to the next level.

In the same vein, Khadija Ala, the National Women’s Football League (NWFL) president, said the plan will “ensure the expansion of the practice base and restructuring teams”. Ala applauded the Federation’s interest to grow the women’s game.

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