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A study involving more than 4,000 girls has confirmed that teenage girls who play football report higher levels of self-confidence, and that football can have a greater positive impact on the self-confidence of teenage girls than other popular sports.

“Across all our measures, we consistently found that young female footballers reported higher levels of confidence, self-esteem, well-being, and motivation than girls who play no sport at all.
More powerfully, the results showed that young girls who play football also reported higher scores than those girls who play other sports.Crucially, the benefits of playing football extend off the pitch as well. The female footballers
we spoke to talked about how football helped them to solve problems, deal with pressure at school/work, and feel empowered to overcome difficulties. They also spoke at length about the enduring and supportive friendships they made from participating in football. The results make a compelling case: if you want teenage girls to feel more confident, get them playing football.”

Read the summary of the study here: thebenefitsofgirlsfootball