FA plans to ring-fence funds for women's game

Staff were informed on Saturday of potential £300m losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the national governing body facing a series of hard choices when it revisits funding and planning for the next four years. Women’s football, and a specific target to double participation, was among the seven key priorities for the strategic plan in the years from 2016 until 2020 but decisions for the period until 2024 have been placed under urgent review. The latest FA accounts were published last week, covering the period until June 2019, and despite showing turnover up at £467 million for the year, the importance of earning £70m from events staged at Wembley was also underlined. Although there is a tentative hope that the remaining FA Cup games could be staged at Wembley later this summer, the postponement or cancellation ofall events since March is leaving a huge hole.