Womens football needs more Power of Role Models
We have kicked off season 2022/2023 and happy our app is help develop women`s football in Gibraltar.
The growth of football from the very beginning has been brought about by role models, Heros of the game which journalists and the press have pushed from day one to entice and grow fanbase and the love of the king of sports. Now, it`s also the queen of sports.
Who is the Christiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi in women`s football? Most football fans, including women can mention 100 men players but very few can even mention the last 4 The Best FIFA Women`s Players.
Who has heard and follow Marta Vieira da Silva of Brazil, Melanie Behringer of Germany, Lieke Elisabeth Petronella Martens of Netherlands, Deyna Cristina Castellanos Naujenis of Venezuela, Dzsenifer Marozsán born in Hungary representing Germany, Ada Martine Stolsmo Hegerberg of Norway, Megan Anna Rapinoe of the USA who may be the one who received more press mention as women`s football is stronger in the US than men`s, Alex Morgan who co-captained the United States women’s national soccer team with Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe from 2018 to 2020, Lucy Bronze of England, Pernille Harder of Denmark, Wendie Renard of France, Sam Kerr of Australia, Jennifer Hermoso of Spain all these players have been the Top 3 in the last few years of The Best FIFA Women Players nominations. If you have heard about them, how many fans know the clubs they play for or have played for?
Alexia Putellas of Barcelona is now starting to come to light. The first women player in world history to win two consecutive The Best FIFA Women Player Of The Year.
Now, the only people who have the “power” to create the much needed role models in women`s football are the football writers and all those in sports media.
As for Team Role Models,
1 – FC Wolfsburg
One of the most accomplished women teams in the world FC Wolfsburg has reached the final of the UEFA Women’s Champions League four times in 6 seasons! They won the title twice in 2013 and 2014. The team was founded as VfR Eintracht Wolfsburg in 1973 and joined VfL Wolfsburg in 2003. It has performed remarkably well, winning the treble in the 2012-13 seasons.
2 – Arsenal FC
The most successful English women team belongs to Arsenal. The Arsenal WFC has won 49 trophies in England including 12 Women’s Premier League titles. They have also won the Women’s Champions League in 2006-07. The team plays most of their matches at the Meadow Park in England. Sometimes, the female Gunners also use the Emirates stadium.
3 – Olympique Lyon
Probably the greatest women French team of all time, Olympique Lyonnais Féminin won their respective league 14 times! They are the reigning champions as well. Lyon is relentless in their league winning it 12 consecutive times. They have also been very successful in Europe, having won the Champions League five times and thrice in a row from 2015 to 2017. Lyon’s women team is probably the best women’s team in the entire world.
4 – Barcelona Femeni
The outstanding performances of Barcelona Femeni in recent seasons have not dropped one bit. Each season, they only get better and better. The recently concluded season was one filled with new milestones for the Catalans.
Baulgranes retained their league title by recording a perfect season (30 wins in 30 matches). They scored 156 goals and conceded just 11 as they achieved a 100 percent record.
Barcelona Femeni also won the Super Copa de Espana and Copa de Reina to clinch a domestic treble.
However, they failed to defend their Champions League crown, which they won in 2021. Barcelona made it to the final of the continental competition but lost 3-1 to Lyon.
Another milestone Barcelona Femeni achieved in 2021-22 was breaking the record attendance for a women’s football game twice at the Camp Nou. The first was in March 2022 versus Real Madrid (91,553), and the second in April 2022 against Wolfsburg (91, 648).
Women’s football is at a juncture. The traditional powerhouse leagues in the US and Australia are warily watching as the sleeping giants of women’s football in Europe finally awaken.
I don`t think it will take long for our GFA to “impose” that all clubs have a women`s team or become an affiliate of one but not just for their licenses but conviction that women have and need the same rights and facilities, and maybe even more than men. Brands will also soon realise that over 75% of all consumption on earth is Done or Decided by women. We all have mothers and grand mothers and most have wives and daughters too!!
Another sport that we at Gibraltar Wave FC want to help develop in Gibraltar is Beach Soccer. To this end, along with our friends at Victoria Beach Soccer we have patented the #3eachSoccer modality which is made even more spectacular making airborne goals, but not headers amid continued investigations and studies into the potential health risks associated with regularly heading a ball, which could include dementia, count a Two goals.
In our opinion, #3eachSoccer is a mana for broadcasting entertainment and caters for the millions of football players and billions of football fans worldwide.
Two halves of 10 minutes make #3eachSoccer taylor made for Gen Z and mobile watching, a whole match of Highlights!