WSL may never have a better chance for growth in 2019-20

WITH a number of Women’s Super League games set to be staged as freebie exhibitions at major stadiums, the 2019-20 season will get off to a high profile start and attempt to build on the interest generated in the Women’s World Cup. There’s no denying that the World Cup was an enjoyable event and was far better than previous editions, but a little bit of … Continue reading WSL may never have a better chance for growth in 2019-20

Tea – best drink of the day, not a diplomatic issue

LOOSEN-up Lioness fans, Alex Morgan was merely poking fun, not hurling an insult to a nation. Football is a game that provokes such gestures of mockery, cricket thrives on “sledging” and players lift t-shirts to reveal messages after they score. It’s a product for the masses, a simple game that has no halfway measures in competitions like World Cups – win or lose. Emotions get … Continue reading Tea – best drink of the day, not a diplomatic issue

WWC has cast the Copa América into the shadows

IF YOU want evidence that the Women’s football has come of age, then look no further than the way it has overshadowed a string of other major sporting events that are currently in progress: the Copa América, the African Cup of Nations and the Cricket World Cup. The media are besotted with the FIFA Women’s World Cup, suddenly all sorts of “celebrities” are claiming lifelong … Continue reading WWC has cast the Copa América into the shadows

Who will show the way for the women’s game?

AFTER a landmark year for women’s football in the UK, the FA Super League kicks-off in under two weeks and expectation has never been higher.  In 2015, Women’s Super League attendances averaged over 1,000 (up from 700 in 2014) as public interest grew significantly following the England team’s success in the World Cup. Historically, public response to a successful World Cup campaign has delivered benefits … Continue reading Who will show the way for the women’s game?

England’s women bid to win hearts and minds

Over the past couple of decades, England’s football hopes have usually floundered at the quarter-final stage. A succession of disappointments have usually ended in a penalty shoot-out here, a dramatic incident there (not-so-safe hands, Rooney off, Beckham’s foot). Tonight, England’s women – who themselves have stumbled in the last eight in the past two World Cups – have the chance to take the nation beyond … Continue reading England’s women bid to win hearts and minds

The women’s game has been set up – and it might just be the media’s fault

England’s women have done what the men couldn’t do – win a couple of games in the World Cup. For sheer endeavour and “heart-on-sleeve” commitment, you cannot fault the “Lionesses,” and it has been good to see that the competition, as a whole, has been free of some of the dirty tricks we normally associate with FIFA events. But it’s also notable that the siege … Continue reading The women’s game has been set up – and it might just be the media’s fault