Womens Football in 2019
2019 has been a pivotal year in womens football, not just in the UK but around the globe. and the buzz has inspired a new generation who we get the pleasure to coach.
In the run up to this years FIFA Women’s World Cup, Nielsen Sports announced that fan interest and commercial investments in women’s football are growing. They also reported that 40% of the people in countries with a team that competed in this year’s tournament are interested in women’s football.
More recently in the UK, Nielesen Sports conducted a survey that found one in five adults would call themselves a women’s football fan – a 60% increase in the past two years. The survey also found a rise in occasions where women’s football is discussed by fans in pubs.
This survey shows that there is a fast growing rise is support for the womens game. Internationally, the lionesses recent friendly against Germany was sold out.
Manager Phil Neville said after the game: “I think if we had a game in three months’ time at Wembley, we would attract the same crowd. We’re beginning to have sustainability at England level where even the fans that went home today would come again after what they saw from both teams.
“I thought it was a fantastic spectacle. It was an amazing occasion to be involved in, but I think sport is about winning and losing. We lost and we’re disappointed.
The Women’s Super League (WSL) saw a league record turnout of 38,262 at the recent North London derby. WSL attendances are up more than four-fold since 2018-19 on average so far, after a record-breaking 28.1m people watched BBC coverage of this summer’s Women’s World Cup on television and online.
We also have the first female footballer on strictly this year, with Alex Scott MBE dancing her way into the quarter-finals this week. Alex made 140 appearances for the English national team and also represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics. She is now broadcasting and was the first female football pundit at a World Cup for the BBC during the 2019 FIFA World Cup. She also joined Chris Kamara to co-host goals on Sunday on Sky Sports this year.
This is an amazing time to be coaching girls, inspired by skills from players like Ellen White, Jordan Nobbs and Beth Mead who are paving the way to make a career in football a feasible reality for them.
BBC Sport has launched #ChangeTheGame to showcase female athletes in a way they never have been before.