The Football Association will discuss the means test for the £ 3million government bailout for women’s football to ensure it does not inadvertently hand the money over to Premier League clubs.
The governing body’s chief executive Mark Bullingham said the nine women’s Super League teams linked to mega-rich men’s clubs must not have an unfair advantage when the checks are handed out.
The FA will distribute a total of £ 28million in government funds in the coming weeks, including £ 25million for senior levels of non-league men’s football. Bullingham has confirmed “we will have these conversations” on whether Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea will have access to the support package.
“Nine of the top 12 clubs in the WSL are Premier League clubs and are clearly in a different financial situation than the other three,” he said. “We have 13 Premier League clubs in the top two divisions so they might have different requirements. We haven’t had that conversation yet but I’m sure we will.”
A total package of immediate loans stands at £ 241million, plus a reserve fund of £ 60million not yet allocated. The numbers are eclipsed by the £ 1.15billion pot of support for cultural organizations delivered over the summer, but sports expecting checks yesterday have expressed their joy.
Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston has insisted that women’s football is a priority for the government after being disproportionately affected by game cancellations caused by the first lockout.
“I know the state of women’s football well,” the ministers said. Sport Telegraph. “I spoke to Dame Sue Campbell this week on this issue and there is an absolutely shared commitment that we, the government but also (the FA) as the national governing body of sport, will do all we can to elevate the women’s football.
“We’ve made good progress over the last few years and had a good momentum, but obviously the coronavirus has come in and blocked it. So in terms of amounts today, don’t just look at the fenced areas, it will benefit women’s sport at all levels. “
The 11 sports online to share an initial pot of £ 240million from the Treasury expressed their gratitude for the detailed document on Thursday.