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Le Club des 100 by the French Football Federation

By 10 November 2021No Comments

The French Football Federation strives to promote gender diversity, access to women’s responsibility in the world of football, and support all of its decentralized structures. In this context, at the beginning of the 2017-2018 season, it launched an accompanying program in collaboration with the Football Training Institute (IFF): Le Club des 100 femmes dirigeantes (The Club of 100 women leaders).

Brief outline of the initiative

The 100 Women Leaders Club is one of the main actions of the federal plan for feminization implemented since 2011 by the Federation under the impetus of its president Noël Le Graët. It is in fact a continuation of “Ladies, cross the barrier!”, the FFF’s flagship operation launched in 2012 and aimed at increasing the number of women on club boards

Designed to bring together and support 100 women with leadership responsibilities within a league, a district and/or a club,”Le Club” aims to create and nurture a reservoir of women ready to take on responsibilities in football in France.

Every year since then, 25 women -identified and proposed by the league and district presidents- who currently have responsibilities within these bodies or a club, take part in various modules:

  • three modules on personal development (increasing one’s fluency and self-confidence, communication skills, role playing …);
  • five modules of the Federal Leaders Leadership Course, delivered within leagues and districts (Project Management / Club Management, Conducting Meetings and Public Speaking …)
  • a financial management module (practical case in the framework of the organization of a football tournament).

The programme is on its 4th year and it is anticipated that the objective of 100 women leaders will be reached by the end of 2020-2021.


9*2 days modules


Yearly batch


Covered by the Federation



Key elements


Women only

Country of origin


Country/Region of implementation


Number of participants

100 (25 joining each year)

Core objective of the Programme

☒ Women empowerment (identifying barriers and working on strengths, creating a community)
☐ Supporting organizational change (strategy for developing diversity, implementation of specific policies, support to change makers)
☐ Allies buy-in and support (mentors, men championing)
☐ External Scrutiny (Pledge board, Indicators, celebration of success…)
☐ Other => Please specify:

Actions implemented

☐ Internal Diversity & Inclusion Strategy for a safe workplace with equal rights
☐ Commitment of men - please specify: 20% men included in the program
☐ Personal development training
☐ Role model highlighted
☒ Networking (women network, men network or mixed)
☐ Mentoring (unique or mixed gender, please specify)
☒ Coaching (ability to inspire and grow people/Foster emulation/ Being influential)
☐ Events (sharing with other companies) - please specify:
☐ Other - please specify:


☐ Online e-learning Module
☐ Online seminar
☒ Workshops
☐ Conference
☐ Self-Assessment tool
☒ Consolidated educational/training programme
☐ Other, please specify:

Identified Key Success Factors

- Embedded in the Federation Strategy
- Capitalizing on cohort involvement
- Involving regional and local level in identifying emerging leaders

Transferable bites/elements

- Strategy to identify the pool of emerging leaders with local level involved
- Branding of the initiative as a special networking and learning community


"The Federation's strong commitment should help optimise gender balance in the leagues and districts. This support programme should help women leaders to feel better in the football environment, to gain confidence, to take on more responsibility and to achieve their objectives. They will be able to contribute their skills and real added value more effectively. Football will benefit from this."

Brigitte HenriquesVice President of the FFF (until June 2021)

"The Club allows us to integrate the federal entity and to show other women that we are legitimate and that we have things to do in football."

Véronique LainéLigue Mediterannée (Batch 2019)

"It allows us to see that we can still do better and do more. It also demonstrates that we are supported and this can open up many other prospects."

Sophie MausoleLigue Bretagne (Batch 2019)

Source of information: Online documentation

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