Stoney becomes first women on PFA committee

England women’s captain Casey Stoney has become the first female member of the Professional Footballers’ Association’s management committee, writes the BBC.

The England defender, who formely played for Arsenal, Charlton and Chelsea, will join Liverpool’s Kolo Toure, West Ham’s Matt Jarvis and Wigan’s Grant Holt as new members of the committee.

The 31-year-old, who has won 116 England caps, said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be appointed and I’m really looking forward to the new role.

I want to take women’s football forward,” Stoney added. “This enables us to have a voice for the women’s game and spread awareness of the great things the PFA do and can offer.

The Women’s Super League will expand to two divisions next summer, and Stoney believes the PFA has become a vital role in the growth of Women’s football.

Despite the men’s game having 3,500 members of the PFA, compared to the women’s 100 members, this number is a huge rise frpm recent years, as the England squad have been members of the PFA since 2011.

Stoney said: “[The PFA] were key in moving things forward for us. Even from the PFA annual general meeting on Wednesday, women’s football was high on the agenda.

Being on the management committee now, I will try and engage more female members. It’s a massive step forward for the women’s game.

Stoney is still deciding what club she will play for next season, and considered international retirement having not played in Euro 2005 in England, but captained Lincoln Ladies last season.

The 31-year-old was involved with the PFA earlier this year when the England side were renegotiating their central contracts with the Football Association. The contracts were eventually increased by £4,000 to £20,000.

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