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Dawn Airey to chair 12-person board overseeing growth of domestic women’s game 

The Football Association, key figures in the Premier League and experts from broadcasting and international sport have combined forces to form a board that will aim to grow women’s club football in England.


The 12-person board, which will meet six times a year, will ‘oversee the future strategy and policy’ with a particular focus on the Women’s Super League and Championship, the FA confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.

Dawn Airey will chair the board and brings her broadcast experience as the former CEO at Channel 5 as the group look to build on the interest, not to mention huge TV ratings figures, generated by the FIFA women’s World Cup.

‘This is a perfect opportunity to build on the extraordinary momentum currently in women’s football,’ she said.

‘This summer the Lionesses captured our imagination with their skill, passion and excellence, and we’re hoping this momentum will carry on into the domestic game in the upcoming season.

‘With this in mind, the new joint board will look to support the FA further as it continues to grow participation in the women’s game.’

It has already been announced that Manchester City and Chelsea will play their opening WSL 2019-20 fixtures at Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge.

But the board, who aside from a per diem for their time will be unpaid in their roles, will also examine other potential strategies.

Joining Airey on the board are three independent members including former UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl, as well as four representatives from WSL clubs in Chelsea FC chairman Bruce Buck, Tottenham head of football operations Rebecca Caplehorn, Arsenal legal director Svenja Geissmar and Manchester City chief operating officer Omar Berrada.

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