The FA has been shortlisted for the Sport Industry Awards for its work in transforming perceptions of Women's and Girls' Football.

The high profile awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 1 May with the ATP, British Cycling, British Horseracing Authority, NFL and RFU also in the running for the Best Promotion of a Sport by a Governing Body category.

At the heart of what The FA has done in the past year is the Girls United campaign, which was essential to improving perceptions with fans and increasing participation in the game

There are now over 1.1million females playing football on a regular basis in England of which 150,000 are affiliated players in schools and clubs. It remains the No. 1 team sport for females in this country.

Promotion and PR have been vital to changing what fans think of the game, and England's qualification for the World Cup in China was the perfect platform to show just what the game has to offer.

With high profile coverage in all national newspapers, live coverage of every England match on the BBC, and huge interest on TheFA.com dedicated China 2007 pillar - the game has gained more followers than ever.

It was not only the elite teams that formed part of the PR plan however with the domestic game and the County FAs also an important part of bringing more people into the game.

To find your local women or girls team click here, to see all the coverage from the World Cup click here, and to follow the domestic game click here.