BBC Sport has produced a report on player-coach relationships in women’s football.
Several sources have told the BBC that “everyone in women’s football knows of at least one” instance of a player-coach relationship. They describe these relationships as “inappropriate”, as they can create a power imbalance. They can also lead to a potential abuse of power.
But because player-coach relationships are not illegal, as long as no minors are involved, they still happen – although they can breach codes of conduct.
It leads to lots of grey areas. This isn’t helped by a ‘culture of silence’ in the game, as so many have experienced such personal relationships – either first-hand or second-hand.
That is why there are calls from players, coaches and unions for further education on this highly sensitive issue.
You can also read our blog about player-coach relationships here. Our blog explores the risks and the complexities. It also offers some advice on how your club could navigate this sensitive issue.