Interview: “Those clubs that see the real value that women’s football creates will maintain their investment”

5 August 2020

Womans Football
Photo: PA Images Alexandra Popp misses a chance during Uefa Woman's Champions League Final, Wolfsburg-Lyon four years ago.

The positive trajectory of Women’s football might suffer a set-back due to the financial consequences of the CV-19 pandemic. But those clubs with a long-term strategy will continue to be supportive.

Laura McAllister, a former Wales international and currently Professor at Cardiff University, feels that the emphasis should be on improving contracts and working conditions, and also on modernising the governance of the game of football.

McAllister is reluctant to use the term “women’s football”. “I really don’t buy the divide. Football is a global game that should be equally accessible to girls and boys and to both men and women.

Neil Fredrik Jensen contact@offthepitch.com

Women's professional football has been in the ascendancy over the past few years, certainly from the perspective of profile and public awareness. The prominent competitions such as the World Cup and European Championship have attracted mass media attention, while one-off events have seen big crowds attend local derbies in major stadiums.

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