The Royal Moroccan Football Federation unveils four-year women's football development masterplan

Published on: 10 August 2020

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (RMFF) has unveiled a four-year development plan on charting a future path for the growth of women's football in North African country.

The development comes just two weeks after Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced a four-year strategy to raise the standard of women's football on the continent.

RMFF President Fouzi Lekjaa, National Women's Football League (NWFL) President Khadija Ala, National Technical Administration director Roberts Wayne Ocean, and other stakeholders were in attendance at the women's strategy launch last Thursday.

With a focus on Women's Leagues and grassroots development, the regional and the national teams' administration are areas targeted for growth by Lekjaa in his inaugural address.

The women's football strategy from 2021 to 2024 is built on three areas of comprising sporting development, financial investment and technical growth.

The sporting development will see the launching of a professional championship with its first and second divisions, starting in the next football season.

Also the establishment of a national championship for U17 women footballers.

First and second division clubs must register 25 players for the senior team and the same number for each age category. 

In senior team however, a professional contract is required and compulsory.

During matches, clubs must also include 4 players under the age of 21 in the starting lineup.

In the financial investment areas, a annual grant of US$ 13 million has been allocated to the first division clubs and about US$ 8.7 million for second division clubs - with full compliance to the plan.

The biggest novelty of these objectives is the minimum wage fixed for a player. 

In the first division, around 350 Euros per month has been fixed, a little more than the minimum wage in the public sector. 

However, players in the second division will earn a minimum wage of around 260 Euros per month. 

To raise level technically, however, several conditions have been set. 

Thus, the coach of the women's team in first division must have have B License.

However, from the 2022/2023 season, the A License will be compulsory for all coaches handling teams in the first division.

In the second division, each team will be coached by a coach with a C License, then the B License from the 2022/2023 season. 

The assistant of each team must be a woman.

The plan aims at raising the number of girls and women playing football in the country to 90 thousand by 2024, and form 1000 technical frameworks for the women's football clubs.

Morocco aim at qualifying for 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since their last appearance in 2000.

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