Hope Powell CBE

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A woman holding a football and wearing an England football team jacket. She is standing on a football pitch with a goal behind her.
Photograph © Anita Corbin


First Woman to achieve the UEFA Pro License (Union of European Football Associations)

March 2011, Charlton Athletic Football Club, London

b.1966, Lewisham

Former international footballer Hope Powell became the first woman to achieve the UEFA pro licence in 2003, the highest coaching certification available, required for anyone who wishes to permanently manage a football club in the top tier of any European nation’s league system. On average 16 people achieve the UEFA licence per year and in 2017 only 5 women held the licence (versus 278 men). In 1998 Hope became the first ever, full-time England Women’s head coach.

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