Xero’s partnership with The FA and England Football

Introducing our partnership with The Lionesses and grassroots football.

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Beautiful game, beautiful business

We believe that for women’s football to thrive, the financial viability of grassroots clubs is essential.

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Football in the community

The success of the women’s game relies on the success of local clubs and their communities.

Better numbers

We believe that improving the financial health of clubs is vital to get more women into football.

Small businesses

Behind every club there is a small business: Better numbers off the pitch, mean better numbers on it.

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47% of clubs say they find managing the club finances a struggle.* So the financial health of clubs at all levels is essential to enabling growth and sustainability in the women’s game. In England, football has a huge impact on the economy; 13.5m people across England play football regularly, contributing £7.74bn to the economy.

As the Official Partner of England Football, we’ll work together to improve the financial health of the 7,500 England Football Accredited clubs across England - helping them to get more women and girls into the game. Together with England Football, we see the opportunity to combine our software, support, educational resources and community of advisors as a way to make running a football club easier and more financially sustainable. Every football club is a small business and Xero is dedicated to improving the lives of small business owners, their advisors and their communities.

Together with The FA we’ll create campaigns to promote the importance of financial sustainability in the women’s game. We’re united in our belief that better numbers off the pitch really do mean better numbers on it. Learning from the 49 County FAs who are already using the software, Xero and England Football will work on a range of initiatives to enable England Football Accredited Clubs across the country to improve financial viability, and encourage their local small business community, and advisors to support them too.

England Football Accredited Leagues and England Football Accredited Clubs set the standards, raise the bar and fly the flag of respect and diversity for football in England. Being Accredited helps clubs attract players, coaches and volunteers with tailored support to build the strong, sustainable, successful league or club they want to be.

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Xero offered a much more intuitive way of working based on user friendly navigation around the system.

Lee Dyson, County FA Support Services Manager

Lee Dyson, FA Support Servies Manager

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*According to The FA 1,645 (47%) of clubs surveyed consider that they find the financial management of their club to be somewhat difficult