Skip to content

We have now to guard the tradition of ladies’s soccer not simply copy and paste from the lads’s recreation

I will allow you to right into a secret. Seven weeks in the past, on the weekend of the Girls’s Euro last, I used to be mendacity on a sunbed feeling grumpy. After my Sweden crew’s semi-final loss to England, I flew straight to Greece on vacation and needed to simply swap off from social media – it is not straightforward being continually reminded of the crew that beat you in a semi-final!

Nonetheless, I did watch the ultimate and thought it was a second to have fun for girls’s soccer with a sell-out crowd at Wembley and a last between the 2 finest groups of the match. Now, seven weeks on from that landmark second, a brand new season is right here and I am wanting ahead to seeing how the Girls’s Tremendous League can construct on the momentum of the summer season.

For a begin, I am excited to see what sort of attendances we are able to appeal to. Arsenal have already offered 45,000 tickets for his or her derby in opposition to Tottenham subsequent weekend – which might be a WSL report – and hopefully extra massive crowds will comply with. The choice to stage extra video games on the massive stadiums – and there are matches this weekend at Villa Park and the King Energy Stadium – ought to assist.

After I consider methods to capitalize on England’s success, I see one clear alternative forward when the Premier League and Championship pause for the lads’s World Cup in November. With every thing surrounding the Qatar World Cup, it might be refreshing for followers to observe girls’s soccer throughout that point and I hope the FA and the golf equipment see this window of alternative and maintain extra fixtures in the principle stadiums. At Chelsea, we’ll have our Champions League group fixtures then too, which provides one other alternative.

Extra from Soccer

Whereas we would like the sport to develop, we should keep the particular tradition of ladies’s soccer. I’ve by no means wished a replica and paste of males’s soccer and on the Euros you noticed why. We had no dangerous habits or violence round video games and what summed it up for me was after I was on the bus to Sweden’s recreation in opposition to the Netherlands and I seemed out and noticed a pair holding palms – one in an orange shirt, the opposite in yellow . It was a cute second which captured what girls’s soccer is about and let’s maintain it that means. As Chelsea captain, I will reply if any followers misbehave as we’ve a duty as gamers to indicate the place we stand when it comes to fan tradition and what we do and do not settle for.

Our personal customary of habits as gamers is price upholding too. I’ve had lots of people say to me this summer season, ‘We take pleasure in watching you since you do not roll round on the bottom’. I by no means dive myself and can inform my team-mates to not dive but when different groups begin to do it, the referees have to choose up on it early. If these evaluating video games see a sample, hopefully the authorities will notify the golf equipment.

On a broader word, I am inspired that Karen Carney, my outdated Chelsea team-mate, has been appointed by the federal government to steer a evaluate on methods to develop the ladies’s recreation additional. It is one other constructive step and it is vital that it is not simply wanting on the high stage however ladies’ soccer. The England gamers have spoken clearly concerning the want for alternatives for all ladies in colleges and I would additionally prefer to see funding to lift the requirements of academies. If we are able to make investments correctly within the subsequent era, think about the standard of the sport in one other 10 years’ time.

WSL crew information: Chelsea

By Katherine Lucas, Yo sports activities journalist

No facet has ever gained 4 WSL titles in a row, however Chelsea have already made historical past with No 3. Emma Hayes has, predictably, spent one other summer season being linked with jobs within the males’s recreation – together with the one near house lately vacated by Thomas Tuchel.

As an alternative, the journey continues at Kingsmeadow. The participant to observe is ahead Lauren James – sister of Reece – and so they lately turned the primary brother and sister to play for England. James’ emergence has been speedy, however the Blues even have some completely spectacular new signings that threaten to make them much more untouchable.

Kadeisha Buchanan and Johanna Rytting Kaneryd have joined Chelsea this summer season (Photograph: Getty)

Better of all, they’ve introduced in Eve Perisset to tighten up the protection at full-back, in addition to Canadian worldwide Kadeisha Buchanan to play alongside Millie Vibrant. Fran Kirby was capable of show her health on the Euros, although she has since suffered one other minor knock.

Learn Kat’s full WSL team-by-team information right here

Trying forward, the event of the switch market can play its half too. After I signed for Chelsea 5 years in the past I used to be one of many first gamers within the Swedish league to be purchased out of her contract from her. It wasn’t a lot cash however charges are actually rising as we have seen with Keira Walsh leaving Manchester Metropolis for Barcelona for a world-record price of round £400,000. Hopefully this cash can start to trickle all the way down to gamers’ former golf equipment.

Lastly, you may’t overstate the significance of getting really aggressive soccer and the WSL seems stronger than ever coming into 2022-23. My Chelsea crew kicked off in opposition to Liverpool at Prenton Park on Sunday and we have made some unbelievable signings together with a brand new centre-back in Canada’s Kadeisha Buchanan. She’s performed on the highest stage for a very long time and I am so impressed by how rapidly she’s settled in.

Extra on Girls’s Tremendous League

I am additionally delighted my compatriot Johanna Rytting Kateryd has joined – she’s a correct winger who loves her one vs ones. With such a gifted squad, a giant objective for us is to problem for the Champions League – and make amends for not getting out of the group stage final season – and I am additionally pushed to make it 4 WSL titles in a row although the competitors will probably be powerful.

Arsenal have cleverly recruited and, like us, have two internationals for each place. They made plenty of signings final winter and people gamers will probably be settled now. Man Metropolis have misplaced a few gamers however made some thrilling signings and so they’re all the time exhausting to play in opposition to and, with out the Champions League, will probably be hungry and targeted within the home competitions. Manchester United will carry on getting higher and I anticipate Everton and Tottenham to enhance too. In brief, the competitors will probably be fiercer than ever after which, on the finish of it, we’ll have the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Thrilling occasions forward.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.