SWF Statement – Abusive Language Online


Since the restart of the SWPL 1 season, we’ve seen a significant increase in the media coverage of the women’s game. We welcome this development and thank all those involved in making it possible.

However, we have also noticed an increase in abusive language used on social media towards the clubs, teams, players, officials, and many others involved in the game. We will not tolerate
discriminatory language or abusive behaviour.

SWF will continue to monitor social media activity around the game and will now take further action where and whenever possible. We simply will not tolerate it.

SWF will also begin dialogue with our members and key stakeholders to discuss how we tackle these issues and how we can further support players and officials in our game.

We want accountability on social media. We ask everyone involved in girls and women’s football to support each other and the game. It’s time to take a stand and say enough is enough.

Be accountable.
See it. Report it. Stop it.