Understanding the role of men in facilitating gender equity in football governance

Despite recent successes of the Netherlands women's national football team and a sharp increase in the number of girls and women joining clubs, gender inequality in football remains prevalent. In management, trainers or coach positions, men are by far the majority. In this study we look at the role that men can play in creating more gender equity. We compare the situation in seven countries: England, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Croatia, Slovenia and Russia.  


The research group Impact of Sport was commissioned by The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to conduct this research, in collaboration with the Leeds Beckett University, UK.

Research and targeted findings

The central research question is: What role can one play in facilitating gender equity in football governance?

The objectives of the study are:

  • Identify how men can facilitate the transition to gender equity in European football governing bodies.
  • Understand how women experience attempts by male colleagues to promote gender equality in European football governance.

The research should result in policy recommendations aimed at promoting gender equity in the governance of football, not only in participating countries but in all 55 UEFA member associations.


A final report will be presented to UEFA in June 2020.

More information

Project leader: Donna de Haan (researcher) d.m.dehaan@hhs.nl