On the day that the 2022 UEFA Women’s EURO gets underway, the Middlesex Schools’ FA (MSFA) is delighted to announce that its Girls’ competitions are set for a record-breaking season in 2022-23.

For the first time, more than 100 teams from schools across the County will participate in Girls’ County Cups. This is a significant increase, which has been driven in part by the Association’s decision to mirror the competition offer provided to Boys’ teams in Secondary education, plus launching a standalone competition for female students in post-16 education.

In addition, MSFA is launching its first-ever Inter-District competition for U13 Girls Representative Teams. It is hoped that some of the boroughs which make up the Association’s catchment area will take part and squads from districts just outside the County Boundaries will be welcomed, provided their ‘parent’ county gives their backing.

MSFA’s General Secretary, Gareth Coates, expressed the Association’s delight at the growth of the Girls game in recent seasons, commenting: “To have over 100 Girls’ teams playing in next season’s Inter-School Cups is fantastic and reflects the overall growth in Women’s and Girls’ football across the County and indeed the country.

“My passion for football was inspired by my Mum, who took me to non-League games when I was still at primary school. She was football-mad but, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, wasn’t allowed to play football at school and had to play hockey (in football boots) instead. Thankfully, things have moved on since then! As an Association, we want to provide opportunities for every student in Middlesex to play football; the growth of Girls’ Inter-School football is a huge part of that ambition.”

With Brentford hosting several Women’s EURO matches and the Final being at Wembley, Middlesex is at the heart of the tournament. Hopefully, having some of the world’s best players in our County will inspire the formation of even more teams at schools all across Middlesex.