Author: Vishal Patra
Newly-crowned European Women‘s Champions England moves into fourth place in the latest FIFA rankings released on Friday. At the same time, four-time World Cup winners, the United States retain their spot at No.1. Brazil remains ninth after winning Copa America Femenina, defeating Colombia in the final. In contrast, women’s Africa Cup of Nations champs South Africa moved four places to 54th on FIFA’s rankings. Aside from the European and South American leagues, South Africa won the Women’s African Cup of Nations at CAF. The United States won CONCACAF’s Women’s Cup to help maintain its spot atop the rankings.
Euro 2022 was not the only tournament held worldwide last month, with continental championships also held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, all serving as qualifying events for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand. July 2022 was a busy month for women’s soccer, with five essential tournaments happening worldwide. Since 17 June 2022, the last FIFA/Coke-Cola Women’s World Rankings were published, and no less than 221 matches have been played, generating significant movement in the rankings.
While the Republic of Ireland is ranked 26th, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are ranked 23, 30, and 50, respectively. Fifth-placed France and the sixth-placed Netherlands both fell into two positions. No. 7 is Olympic champion Canada. Germany is now in second place despite losing the Euro 2022 championship.
Women’s Football in FIFA 23
Sam Kerr of Chelsea will be featured with Kylian Mbappé of Paris Saint-Germain on the game’s cover for the very first time ever, according to a separate announcement from EA. “We’re dedicated to producing an equal experience and hope to help promote women’s football,” said FIFA 23 producer Matt Lafreniere in reference to the Euro 2022 event, which will bring increased prominence to the women’s game. In the future, further announcements will be surrounding the women’s club game.
EA wants to make FIFA 23 the “most interactive, inclusive, ambitious and overall largest entry ever,” according to a blog on the PlayStation website. As a result, the men’s World Cup Qatar 2022 and the women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 will both be played. Only the FA Women’s Super League and the French Division 1 Féminine will be available at launch. EA claims, though, that it will eventually increase the roster. With Fifa 16, EA introduced women’s football to its 325 million-copy franchise. However, there weren’t many foreign teams in that match. Fifa 22 from the previous year increased the number of international groups on the roster to 17 and included the ability for users to create female players in the Pro Clubs mode.
This has happened because the popularity of women’s football has increased, and fans are also taking an interest in women’s football.
England broke their record for the most wins in a Women’s EURO final with eight unanswered goals against Group A opponents. England made history by beating Norway 8-0 on a record-breaking night in Brighton to continue the European Championship at home in style. England beat Norway by a record 8-0 at the European Women’s Championship on Monday, the hosts became the first team to reach the quarter-finals and score eight goals in a European final. Six goals were scored in the first 45 minutes, a record for a women’s UEFA Euro 2022 match, before two more in the second gave England their most significant win. Not content with being the only team to win by six goals at the Women’s EURO, England fared better than twice in their second away match in 2022.
England heroine Beth Mead said the victory surpassed Beth Mead’s wildest dreams as the Lionesses booked their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 with a record victory. Beth Mead’s hat-trick helped England beat two-time Euro champion 8-0 on Monday, their second UEFA Euro 2022 group match at Falmer Stadium in East Sussex. Boss Sarina Wiegman admitted she didn’t expect them to be as dominant as England, who beat Norway 8-0 to set a new Euro 2022 record and wowed the Brighton & Hove crowd with an even more impressive performance. England, however, will be in good spirits as they look to maintain their perfect start to Women’s Euro 2022 and take a significant step towards the Wembley final.
Sarina Wiegman stated that she expected her team to “entertain” in Brighton, and gosh, did they. Their incredible first-half effort astonished everyone inside the stadium, with friends and family standing close to the press box, gasping and on their toes for the whole game. Every attack promised to increase England’s total, and the fans inside the Amex were aware of this, roaring and rising to their toes in expectation. “What is going on?” one fan said as he walked down the steps at interval. That was undoubtedly on the minds of Norway’s players as they rushed into the tunnel with their faces lowered, looking shell-shocked.
In his pre-match news conference, Norway coach Martin Sjogren attempted to put pressure on England, claiming the hosts were obvious favourites although only being placed three ranks higher in the world standings. Wiegman had brushed it down, grinning as she dismissed the concept of increased pressure and replied, “It’s just a football match.” England made sure that it was not just any ordinary football match.
The World Soccer Summit looks at whether 2022 will be a breakthrough year for women’s sports and gender equality. The theme of 2022 International Women’s Day (IWD) #BreakingTheBias resonates with the Victoria soccer community. Thanks to increased investment and sponsorship, women’s football have grown over the past couple of years. The 2022 Women’s European Championships will become the most significant European female sporting occasion yet. The World Cup in 2019 captured the hearts and minds of the British Government, with high levels of attendance, attendances and media exposure; Minister for Sport Nigel Huddlestone is confident the 2022 European Championships for women will inspire more women and girls to take up Women’s soccer while working to achieve parity in all sports. In this piece, Charlotte Smith and Adam Melling, sports professionals on the employment team at Walker Morris, discuss the growth in women’s football and related developments to the protections and benefits of contract players’ jobs in advance of the 2022-23 season.
In light of the rapid rate of women’s football growth, clubs may wish to consider moving to greater professionalisation in the setup of their women’s teams, including reviewing contracts held with their players, coaches and football personnel. From being a predominantly male-dominated sport played by men and watched by men for many, many decades, things are changing rapidly, with more female commentators, experts and hosts involved than ever before in both the male and female broadcasting of soccer, making all coverage seem more diverse and contemporary, whilst also improving the quality. Now, young girls are growing up knowing that professional football is a viable career choice. With millions of fans tuning into the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and other competitions each month, thanks to TV deals with the BBC and Sky Sports, women’s football is going from strength to strength.
Football has become the most played team sport by women and girls in England, with more than three million registered players. With 62 teams and more than 2,100 players, WFA has created opportunities for women to compete in the game at every level and explore it. The WFAs deal with ESPN is expected to expose the league to a larger audience and open more doors for corporate investors, furthering the goal of providing women with the opportunity to participate in the most excellent game in the United States.
Major brands have supported the sport, with Wilson, KT Tape, Xenith, AdeNation, and Secret becoming WFAs national sponsors. The Women’s Super League has also recently announced it is investing PS1.75 million a year over the next three years into The FA’s new Girls Emerging Talent Hubs Network, aimed at developing existing youth football programmes across England. At the top end of women’s football, construction is ongoing at The Matilda’s home, which will provide world-class facilities at La Trobe University to unlock the full potential of our national teams and pathways programmes. The entirety of the 2015 season for the Legends Soccer League is being broadcast on Fuse, whilst Women’s Football Alliance (WFA), one of the country’s premier women’s semi-pro tackle soccer leagues, will have its Championship matches broadcast on only ESPN2.
This summer, the government will launch an in-depth review of women’s football in the UK to “achieve greater parity in the men’s game”. Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston has confirmed that the government will launch an in-depth review of women’s national football this summer to help bridge the gap with the men’s game. The study will be independently chaired and supported by an expert advisory board, with DCMS saying it will aim to develop the women’s game at an elite and grassroots level.
Athletic Minister Nigel Huddleston confirmed that the independent study recommended in Tracey Crouch’s review of football management published last November will focus on further development focusing on marketing, spectator support and media interests. The launch follows a fan-led football governance review released last November by MP Tracey Crouch, which recommended that women’s football receive a “women’s football-focused review”. This is followed by the “Enthusiast-led Football Governance Review” published last November by MP Tracey Crouch, which states that women’s football should be “provided for by its dedicated critics.”
The government is expected to release the government response to the review shortly, focusing on men’s football. Following the debacle of the European Super League in recent years, and with more clubs in financial ruin, the UK government will endorse ten ‘key policy recommendations set out in a fan-led review of men’s football in England. Overview of the England football team men’s football in England. Today, the government unveiled its plans for significant reform of the governance of men’s football in England, reaffirming its commitment to fans to ensure the future of the game is sustainable. MP Tracey Crouch said, “The 2019 World Cup captured the hearts and minds of the nation, and with greater participation, employment and visibility in the media. I am confident that EURO 2022 will inspire more women and girls to get into our national game as we work towards parity across all sports”.
In a statement to the House of Commons, Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston announced that the government had approved the ten items outlined in MP Tracey Crouch’s review of fan-led football governance in November 2021. Key policy recommendations. Improve the financial sustainability and corporate control of all men’s soccer teams and put fans at the centre of decision-making. It’s a big summer for women’s sports ahead of the government’s hosting of Euro 2022 from July 6 to 31, which will be broadcast via the BBC and is expected to examine how to achieve greater equality with men’s games, with a focus on Commercialize, to the audience. Support and media attention. The comments come as the women’s national team prepares for a high-profile summer when England hosts the European Championships and final at Wembley.
After the 2017-18 season, WSL 1 was renamed the FA Women’s Super League; the 2018-19 season became an 11-team professional league for the first time. From the 2014 season to the 2017-18 season, the Women’s Super League consisted of two divisions – FA WSL 1 and FA WSL 2 – and introduced a promotion and relegation system for the WSL. The FA WSL was initially scheduled to start in 2010 to replace the FA Women’s Super League National Division as England’s top division of women’s football but was delayed by a year due to the global economic downturn.
The 12-team FA WSL enters its 10th season, with Chelsea currently possessing the championship trophy. The campaign runs from September to May, with Chelsea being the current league title holders. Each match comes with mounting pressure, as Chelsea could win the title by one point if they win the rest of the games. Next season, the champions and teams finishing second and third in the WSL will qualify for the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Operated by the Football Association (FA) and sponsored by Barclays, the league currently consists of 12 professional teams. There are 12 clubs in the Barclays Women’s Premier League, including established clubs such as Manchester United, top players such as Arsenal and US women’s football midfielder Tobin Heath.
Today, the English Football Association (FA) released an ambitious three-year game strategy for professional women to transform their two women’s football leagues – the Women’s Super League and the Women’s Champions League – into the best women’s league, ranking no. 1 in the World Sports League by 2024. The FA wants to have two leagues of 24-28 professional clubs competing in the world’s first sustainable women’s football league by 2030. Ensuring that the new wealth of the Women’s Super League does not encourage club recruitment, the FA hopes to introduce local rules, player protection and compensation to promote youth investment and to promote and support players looking to work in football.
Women’s football will reach a wider audience after the WSL negotiates TV deals with the BBC and Sky Sports. Sportsnet will broadcast 50 games of the regular season and the semi-finals and finals of the Women’s FA Cup. Now, young superstar Jesse Fleming can be seen across Canada as Sportsnet signed its deal to acquire exclusive national broadcast rights to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL), England’s top women’s soccer league. In September 2021, the Women’s Super League announced the first nominees for the Barclays FA WSL Hall of Fame, recognising outstanding individuals who have contributed to the development of women’s football in England and the WSL.
History was written when Arsenal Women’s Football Club announced the signing of former football star Ole Miss Rafael Souza, becoming the first-ever Brazilian player to sign with Women’s Super League all-time power Barclays Barclays Women’s Superleague. Founded in 1886, the men’s team of the legendary Arsenal football club. Legendary Arsenal Football Club achieved their first double in their history under Bertie Mee when they beat Liverpool 2-1 to take home the FA Cup. Arsenal Dams are the most successful British women’s football team of all time. Since its founding in 1987, they have won fourteen league titles and the Women’s Champions League in 2007.
Founded in 1987, Arsenal Women’s Football Club is the most successful club in women’s football in England, with 40 major trophies to date; 2 FA WSL titles, 12 FA Women’s Super League titles, 13 FA Women’s Cup titles, 10 Women’s Football titles League Cup, 3 FA WSL Intercontinental Cups and 1 UEFA Women’s Champions League (formerly UEFA Women’s Cup). Statistically, Arsenal is the most successful club in women’s football in England, holding the record for the most titles in every domestic competition they play. Arsenal won 13 First Division and Premier League titles, 10 FA Cups and became the first London club to reach the Champions League final in 2005/06 under Vic Aker; Arsenal has achieved one-sided success at home.
In 1987, Arsenal’s Vic Akers helped find the women’s football team and their starting manager. Over the next twenty years, Arsenal dealt with all aspects of women’s football, such as training, tactics, scouting and finance, to maximise the club’s growth and win trophies. In the 1990s and 2000s, Arsenal spent many seasons luxuriating in the FA Women‘s Premier League, boasting alumni from academies such as Marieanne Spacey and Faye White and using the club’s income from stars such as Emma Byrne to let the club win a bunch of trophies. Women’s Arsenal produced numerous players for England, such as Fay White, Karen Carney, and Alex Scott. The latter two eventually moved to the US Pro League for a short time, improving their matches in the process. 2006–2007 season brought the most successful trophy in the already glorious history of the clubs.
In the 2008-09 season, FA Women’s Premier League’s five-year unbeaten record ended; from 16 October 2003 (lost to Charlton Athletic) to 29 March 2009 (lost 0–3 at home to Everton), Arsenal Women’s Football Club had 108 unbeaten games. Vic Akers also led the team to numerous records in English women’s football, including six years of unbeaten league play from October 2003 to March 2009, scoring 108 games without defeat. Arsenal’s women’s football team also won the Women’s FA Cup 7 times, the Women’s League Cup 8 times, and reached the Women’s League Cup final in the 2006/07 season, becoming the most significant achievement for a women’s football club in England.
DAZN holds the global rights to the UEFA Women’s Champions League from 2021-22 to 2024-25. The 61 matches in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons will be streamed live for free on the DAZN UEFA Women’s Champions League YouTube channel. Women’s Champions League 2021-22 will feature a stage in the 16-team UEFA Women’s Champions League. Each participant will receive €400,000 (approximately five times more than the round of 16 participants received in previous editions).
Visa became the first dedicated sponsor of UEFA women’s football following UEFA’s sponsorship rights for men’s football. The UEFA Women‘s Cup was launched in the 2001/02 season to grow interest in women’s football. The UEFA Women’s Cup was a football competition for European clubs.
With this new format, the group stage – a group of four – allows eight teams to reach the quarter-finals at home and away, after which the games will be the same as before. The UEFA Women’s League has been redesigned to look more like the UEFA Champions League format than before. The competition itself features an Italian-style two-player group stage in the Women’s Champions League era for the first time. The most notable changes from 2001-2009 were the inclusion of runners-up from the top eight countries in the rankings, a one-off final compared to the double-finals of previous years, and until 2018 the hosting of the finals was done in the same city.
Sixteen teams are divided into four mini-tournaments of four teams. Forty-three clubs have entered the Champions League, including all-league champions that did not qualify directly for the group stage. Seats from these countries are allocated to each country’s first team in a bilateral tournament. The following year, the top leagues of Belgium and the Netherlands merged into a single bi-national championship.
Lyon holds the most titles in the competition, with seven, five of which came in consecutive seasons between 2016 and 2020, also a record in the competition. Lyon, for excellent reasons, is considered the best women’s team in Europe by a margin. Lyon is committed to what is called Fivepeat in social media jargon. FC Barcelona made this decision in recognition of the outstanding achievements of the Women’s Barça over the past year, winning the league and double cup in addition to their own. Over the years, Lyon has promoted and practised gender equality in the game, using the same training facilities, stadium and infrastructure for both men and women.
In this edition of Women’s Champions League, the quarterfinal round consists of FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Bayern vs PSG, Arsenal vs Wolfsburg, Juventus vs Lyon. These matches will be played between 22nd March to 1st April. The Semifinal round will start on 23rd April.
The ability of female athletes to attract significant audiences on television, benefit sponsors, and attract tens of thousands of fans to every event has been demonstrated time and time again over the past decade. Women’s sports allow brands to position themselves as modern and progressive, attracting new audiences. The same Nielsen Sports poll says that women’s sports are generally viewed more favourably than their male counterparts: they are considered less money-oriented, less prone to cheating, more challenging, and much more family-oriented.
Since the cost of rights, both for advertising revenue and for subscriptions, depends on the size of the audience, women’s sports broadcasts on television must attract a significant number of viewers to generate considerable income. The value of these offerings is modest compared to men’s sports but growing. Commercial activity in women’s sports is still tiny (compared to men’s sports), but it multiplies. The truth is that women’s sports represent an exciting business opportunity that most companies are missing out on, especially brands operating on a smaller budget, for which participation in many men’s sports is simply too competitive and expensive.
More women at the helm of leagues, teams, sports governing bodies and media companies will change the values reflected in sports and keep female athletes off the hook, said Julie Foody, a new investor in Angel City FC football team. Former Team USA star. This was the topic of a series of talks on the future of the sport by Aspen Institutes, at a time when organisations such as the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the Women’s National Soccer League (NWSL) and Athletes Unlimited (AU) are introducing new professional sports models. Coming years will be significant for women’s sports: the Women’s Six Nations Championship, the Women’s World Cup, the Women’s Cricket World Cup and the World Lifetime Netball Championship, not to mention the many other competitions in football, hockey, volleyball, matches in curling and golf, many of which are broadcast for the first time.
Adidas recently became a founding partner of United for Girls, partnering with the US Football Federation to empower women and girls from disadvantaged communities. Angel City and Nike donate a sports bra to low-income communities for every seat sold. The lack of sports bras is a significant barrier for women to exercise. The value of partnerships with women’s sports teams and female athletes is likely to increase.
Women’s sports represent a missed opportunity for brands, with only 0.4% of sponsorship dollars going to women’s sports and female athletes. Sports brands such as Nike and Adidas have a long history of supporting female athletes, but traditional brands have traditionally invested in their sponsorships in supporting men’s teams and athletes. Fortunately, the tide seems to be changing, and previous years saw a significant increase in sponsorship of women’s sports, especially from large corporations.
Almost after 4 decades, India has been selected as the host country. The ongoing AFC women’s Asia cup is being played in India from 20th Jan to 6th Feb. As being the host country the Indian Women’s team automatically qualified for the tournament. For the first time in the tournament’s history, the participation was extended from 8 teams to 12 teams. The other teams qualified for the tournament are – Australia, China, Iran, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, South Korea, Philippines and Thailand. Japan comes into the tournament as the defending champions.
This tournament is played over 3 stadiums in Maharashtra. Originally the selected cities to host the tournament were Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad and Navi Mumbai. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was then shifted to Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune. It is really upsetting that the women’s team will have to play behind the locked doors. The AFC women’s Asia Cup will be counted as Asian qualification for the upcoming World Cup. Five teams will qualify for the World cup with Australia. The Australian women’s team have already qualified for the World Cup as being the host alongside New Zealand.
The 12 teams were divided into three groups of four teams in each. The top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stages. Also the two best 3rd placed teams will make it to the knockout stages. It will then be played in a format of Quarterfinals, semi-finals and Finals. After the tournament kicked off the host country played its first game on the first day. Due to the members of the team testing positive for COVID-19 they failed to provide the required 13 players list. They were unable to play their next match and hence were forced to withdraw from the tournament. This decision was made by the AFC. Their matches were cancelled and the previous result was voided.
Though the tournament is still in process and the remaining teams are playing with utmost safety and are maintaining physical distance from the outside world. China, Chinese Taipei, Australia, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea have booked their spot in the quarterfinals. Thailand and Vietnam have high possibilities to take the remaining two spots, but it all depends on the last matchday of the group stage. Australia made an entertaining first game of their group when they trashed Indonesia 18-0. This game saw two hat tricks coming from Samantha Kerr who scored 5 goals in total and Emily Van Egmond who scored 4 goals. This now stands as the highest goal-scoring match of the tournament.
The Quarter Finals will be played on 30th Jan followed by Semi-Finals on 3rd and the Finals will take place on the 6th Feb. The tournament has seen 56 goals in the 11 matches played till now. Samantha Kerr being the top scorer with 6 goals.