Women’s football

Women’s football has been played for over a century and is gaining a lot of popularity and attention in recent years.

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Women’s Football is on the rise

Women’s football has grown internationally, helped massively by the USA being such a dominating presence globally and putting their top players in the public eye. The tournament’s latest edition was held in France in 2019, so excitement was at an all-time high. More than 1.12 billion people watched the final on television where the United States beat the Netherlands. With 82 million viewers, the final game was the most viewed live game ever.

The excitement can reach new heights this summer when the World Cup is hosted for the first time in Australia and New Zealand.

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Some of the greats

Olympique Lyon
From 2015 and 2020, Olympique Lyonnais Féminin dominated women’s football. Winning four continental trebles and five straight UEFA Women’s Champions League championships.
During this time, they only suffered one league defeat and achieved four Coupe de France Feminine victories. The club was unbeatable in the UEFA Champions League, winning five straight championships. Over 43 Champions League games, the club scored 172 goals while giving up only 18. One of the prominent figures who was essential to the club’s success was Ada Hegerberg. She played 150 games throughout this time and scored 186 goals, averaging 1.24 goals per game. In 2018, she won the first-ever Ballon d’Or in women’s football.

Marta, nicknamed “Pele in skirts” by the Brazilian master, can do it all. The world has lost track of how many times she has turned a defender around and left her in the dust. That includes dribbling past opponents with her superb skill, setting up goals thanks to her vision, and, of course, scoring them. Her individual achievements in women’s football are impressive, as she has been named the FIFA Women’s Football Player of the Year five times in a row (2006 to 2010). Marta is the competition’s all-time leading scorer with 15 goals and was also awarded the Golden Ball and Golden Boot at the 2007 Women’s World Cup.

Mia Hamm
When she retired in 2004, Hamm had scored a record-breaking 158 international goals. She was a dual threat and a big influence in women’s football. She was technically a forward but regularly played as a midfielder due to her quickness and talent. She would move toward the goal if defenders allowed her to run inside. Hamm made her international debut at age 15 in 1987, collecting 275 caps. She was the FIFA women’s world player of the year the first two years the award was given out, in 2001 and 2002. Hamm, a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, contributed significantly to the 1991 and 1999 Women’s World Cup winning teams by converting a penalty in a shootout. She also competed on two Olympic women’s football tournaments and won gold medals.


United States Women’s Football Team
The American Women’s football team won the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015, which was held in Canada. In a replay of the World Cup final from 2011, they triumphed against Japan 5-2 in the final match. As a result, the USA became the first nation in Women’s Football to win three World Cups. The 2016 Olympics were a disappointment for the United States as Sweden defeated them in the quarterfinals. They managed to move past their disappointment at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, though. In their opening match against Thailand the American scored 13 goals, breaking the previous Women’s World Cup record for goals scored in a match. They advanced to the final by winning all of their group stage games and narrowly defeating Spain, France, and England in the elimination rounds. Megan Rapinoe scored the first goal in the second half as they went on to defeat the Netherlands 2-0 in the final. The United States became the first team in women’s football history to win four Women’s World Cups.

Sarina Wiegman
Without a doubt, Wiegman is one of the best women’s football coaches. In her lone season with the team, Wiegman won both the KNVB and women’s Netherlands league. She departed to work as an assistant with the women’s national team of Netherlands. She also became the first woman to coach men’s professional football in the Netherlands after joining Sparta Rotterdam as an assistant. The agreement to permanently appoint Sarina as the head coach of the Dutch women’s national team was made in 2017. As the Netherlands won every game at Euro 2017 and defeated Denmark 4-2 in the championship, she triumphed in the first big tournament she oversaw. In 2017, Sarina Wiegman was named best women’s coach. She coached the team to the 2019 Women’s World Cup final, where they lost to the USA 2-0. Her first match, an 8-0 victory over North Macedonia in the 2023 world cup qualifications, marked her debut as the first non-British coach of the England women’s team, which she took over in August 2020. And Wiegman led England to victory at Euro 2022 there as well. There will be plenty more because Sarina doesn’t appear to be finished on the major stages.

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