The Growth of Women's Football in the UK: What It Means for the Future
Women’s football is growing rapidly in the UK. There are over 200 women’s clubs registered with the English Football Association, and there are now more than 130,000 female footballers playing regularly throughout the country, almost double the number that were registered five years ago. This growth has been fuelled by a number of factors, including increased media exposure for women’s football and UEFA Women’s Euro 2017, which was hosted in England last summer. Here we look at why this growth is happening now, what it means for the future of women’s football in the UK and how you can get involved if you want to play as well as watch.
Why is Women’s Football Growing?
There are a number of reasons why women’s football is growing in popularity. A big part of this is that women’s football has been given more exposure in the media and more attention from sponsors. For example, over the last couple of years there have been many high-profile matches between men’s and women’s teams (such as the UEFA Women’s Champions League final broadcast live on Channel 4) while several sponsors such as Barclays and Nike have started to sponsor women’s teams. There are also a number of high-profile women footballers in the media and in public life. These include players such as Steph Houghton, who is the captain of the England women’s football team, and Jody Shelley, who is a pundit for the BBC’s coverage of the sport. Women such as these are influencing people of all ages to get involved with women’s football and have a positive impact on the sport’s image.
How Can You Get Involved?
Playing football is a great way to stay fit, meet new people and have fun, and it can be a good way to keep your child occupied and active while they’re growing up. If you want to get involved in women’s football, there are many ways to do so. You can start by looking at the websites of your local women’s football clubs – there are over 200 of them in the UK and many more abroad. You can also search online for open-age women’s teams in your area. If you want to get involved but you’re not sure if you’re good enough to play for an adult team, you can also try out for a junior team. There are many junior women’s football teams in the UK and abroad so if you can’t find one locally, you may be able to find one to travel to. Alternatively, you can set up your own junior women’s team and encourage other girls in your area to join.
What This Means for the Future of Women’s Football
The growth of women’s football isn’t just a current trend – it’s here to stay. The biggest factor in this is the increasing number of girls who are playing football, both at school and in their spare time. The younger generations are being exposed to the sport at a younger age, which means that it’s more likely that they will continue playing when they’re older. This could have a huge impact on the future of women’s football in the UK. If the current trend continues, then in 10-20 years time women’s football could be even more popular than it is now. If you’re interested in women’s football and want to find out more about the sport, there are many ways to do so. You can go to your local women’s football club and check out when their next match is, or you can watch the women’s football team on TV. You can also follow your favourite players and teams on social media, or read articles about women’s football in newspapers or online blogs. You can also read this article to find out more about the growth of women’s football and how it could shape the future of the sport.
The growth of women’s football has come with increased attention and investment, which should lead to better facilities, better coaching and higher standards of play across the board. If the current trend continues, then in the coming years and decades women’s football will only become more popular. More people will be playing the sport and more people will be watching it, which will lead to better coverage in the media and hopefully more investment from sponsors.