The NFL will host the first-ever Women’s Careers in Football Forum in conjunction with the 2017 Women’s World Football Games during Pro Bowl Week in Orlando, Florida. The program will help educate and prepare women for positions in football operations — including coaching, officiating and scouting — through panel discussions, presentations and on-field clinics and demonstrations.
“We are actively expanding opportunities for women by identifying and developing qualified individuals as part of the NFL’s inclusion efforts,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent. “Hosting these events at Pro Bowl provides us the chance to celebrate women who play the game and to assist them by providing knowledge, tools and resources to pursue careers in the sport of professional football.”
As part of the NFL’s celebration of football at all levels, the 2017 Women’s World Football Games, organized by USA Football, will take place at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports during Pro Bowl Week in Orlando Jan. 25-29. The fourth-annual Women’s World Football Games will bring together more than 250 female tackle football players from around the world for five days of training, skills sessions and 11-on-11 competitions.
The Women’s Careers in Football Forum will coincide with the 2017 Games and provide participants with the opportunity to learn more about positions in football operations and administration from NFL executives, coaches, game officials and industry experts. Attendees will be entered into the league’s Diverse Talent Community, an invite-only online recruitment platform that encourages quality, dynamic candidates with diverse backgrounds to join the NFL and its 32 clubs.
The Women’s Careers in Football Forum furthers the NFL’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Earlier this year, the NFL hosted the first-ever NFL Women’s Summit: “In the Huddle to Advance Women in Sport” and the inaugural Women’s Career Development Symposium to engage aspiring executives. At the Women’s Summit, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the expansion of The Rooney Rule to include interviewing women for all open executive positions at the league office.