Maintaining momentum: The best time for women’s football

Maintaining momentum: The best time for women’s football

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #5

Women’s football has been on a steady, upwards climb in popularity for a number of years now, but recently success with the 2019 Women’s World Cup and large stadiums attendances at the beginning of the current Women’s Super League season show that the momentum is really with the women’s game right now. It’s just a matter of making sure those in control of the game seize the opportunity they now have.

As interest in the women’s game grows, it is necessary that organisations involved come together to ensure that in this most crucial of steps it is supported to reach the next step. The foundations have been built, the business case of sorts for the game itself proven clearly – there is an audience out there, hungry for the sport – and now it just needs the necessary backing.

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England women set to play in front of record crowd against Germany

England women set to play in front of record crowd against Germany

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #5

England’s women’s side are set to play in front of a record crowd in a women’s match in England when they face off against Germany in their final home game of the year on 9 November.

Already more than 75,000 tickets have been sold for the friendly clash, several thousand higher than the current record for a women’s football match in England – which currently stands at 70,584 who watched Team GB’s 1-0 victory over Brazil at Wembley in the 2012 Olympics.

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Australia 1-2 Italy; Stoppage time winner earns Italy surprise victory

Australia 1-2 Italy; Stoppage time winner earns Italy surprise victory

Italy scored a last-gasp winner to complete a fight back from a goal behind against Australia, coming out 2-1 winners in their opening 2019 Women’s World Cup match in Valenciennes.

In one of the tournament’s finest contests so far, Australia took the lead through a penalty – Sam Kerr missed the initial spot kick, but was on hand to sweep home the rebound.

However, Italy showed their resilience and fought back in the second half, with Juventus star Barbara Bonansea scoring both goals. Either side of Bonansea’s equaliser, Italy also saw two more goals disallowed – correctly – for offside by VAR.

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Norway 3-0 Nigeria; Impressive first half display sees Norway through to victory

Norway 3-0 Nigeria; Impressive first half display sees Norway through to victory

A flurry of first half goals proved enough for Norway to run out impressive winners in their opening match of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in Reims after a flurry of first half goals.

Guro Reiten and Lisa-Marie Utland both got their names on the scoresheet before Osinachi Ohale put through her own net all in the first half.

The second half started on a sour note after a serious injury to Nigerian defender Faith Michael, who after a lengthy delay was stretchered off the pitch.

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Spain 3-1 South Africa; Penalties help see Spain to victory after stunning Kgatlana opener

Spain 3-1 South Africa; Penalties help see Spain to victory after stunning Kgatlana opener

Two penalty goals from forward Jennifer Hermoso, and a third from 20-year-old Lucia Garcia, were enough to ensure Spain didn’t suffer an opening game loss to World Cup newcomers South Africa after an early shock in Le Havre.

Prior to playing in their first ever Women’s World Cup match, South Africa coach Desiree Ellis stressed the seismic differences between the quality of their domestic football league and the standards on display in these finals.

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Germany 1-0 China; Hard-fought opening win for Germany but defensive frailties exposed by the Steel Roses

Germany 1-0 China; Hard-fought opening win for Germany but defensive frailties exposed by the Steel Roses

Germany claimed an opening victory in their Group B game against China in the 2019 Women’s World Cup through a wonderful Giulia Gwinn strike, but it wasn’t plain sailing for the Europeans in Rennes.

From the first kick of the game, Germany looked to assert their dominance over the Chinese team, but were faced with an unexpectedly feisty and physical opposition.

The Steel Roses were not afraid to go flying into challenges, much to the frustrations of a number of German players – particularly Alexandra Popp, who found herself repeatedly targeted.

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France 4-0 South Korea; Les Bleues look confident as Le Sommer, Renard & Henry star in stunning opening win

France 4-0 South Korea; Les Bleues look confident as Le Sommer, Renard & Henry star in stunning opening win

The 2019 Women’s World Cup kicked off in the Parc des Princes in Paris with a confident 4-0 win for hosts France against South Korea, with centre back Wendie Renard netting twice.

Forward Eugenie Le Sommer had opened the scoring for France, before Les Bleues’ other central defender Griedge Mbock Bathy saw a goal disallowed following a VAR check.

Renard made full use of her significant height advantage in the box to score twice before half time from set pieces, before late in the second half French captain Amandine Henry netted a superb fourth.

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