HNS Invests HRK 3.5 million in Croatian Women's Football

By 18 September 2021
HNS Invests HRK 3.5 million in Croatian Women's Football
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September 18, 2021 - Croatian women's football will see an HRK 3.5 million investment by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS).

This week, the Croatian Football Federation paid the first installment of funds into Croatian women's football clubs, for which HRK 3.5 million is planned annually, reports HNS.

In cooperation with FIFA and using funds from the Forward program, the Croatian Football Federation will invest HRK 3.5 million in developing women's football this year.

The funds will be used to co-finance the national leagues of cadets and pioneers, which were successfully launched last year, and the new season began in early September. Also, the funds will be used to organize work in all women's clubs to give strong support to the further development of women's football in Croatia.

"Increasing interest in football among girls and raising the quality of women's football are among the important strategic goals of the Federation in the coming period. The launch of national leagues for cadets and pioneers was an important step forward for women's football in Croatia. We will continue to financially monitor this project to raise the quality in those ages and enable long-term growth in the quality of our first league and senior national team. This is a long-term project with which HNS stands firmly. In cooperation with FIFA, we will try to provide women's clubs and our football players with the best possible conditions and the best possible competitions," said HNS President Marijan Kustić.

The Croatia women's national team opened a new World Cup qualifying cycle with a visit to Romania, where they lost 2:0.

Mate Prskalo's team made their first appearance in the qualifications for the World Cup, which will be played in 2023 in Australia and New Zealand. Croatia played Romania, a rival they also met in the previous qualifications for the European Championship.

Romania took the lead with a goal by Rus after 12 minutes of play, and in the 32nd minute, Carp headed in the second goal for the final 2:0.

In the remaining matches of the first round of Group G, Italy beat Moldova 3:0 at home, while Switzerland beat Lithuania 4:1. In four days, Croatia will welcome Italy in Karlovac.

World Cup Qualifiers, Group G:
1. Switzerland 3
2. Italy 3
3. Romania 3
4. Croatia 0
5. Lithuania 0
6. Moldova 0

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