The FIFA Women’s World Cup is in full swing and this year FIFA are providing unprecedented levels of coverage on all their digital platforms. This is a hugely positive thing to see as women’s football comes to the fore and gains popularity as a sport – a sport which has been notoriously overlooked in favour of men’s football.
The tournament began on the 7th June 2019, culminating in the Final at Stade de Lyon on 7th July between USA and The Netherlands, with France acting as the host country.
England, with Phil Neville (ex-Manchester United defender) acting as coach, found themselves in Group D of the group phase alongside Scotland, Argentina and Japan. Their first game was played against Scotland on the 9th June, which they won 2-1. They had a great winning streak, winning against Japan and Argentina, and made it all the way to the semi-finals against the US. Unfortunately they lost at the penultimate hurdle in a match that ended 2-1 against USA. Even though we didn’t progress to the final, it was great to see England succeed throughout the tournament.
Their biggest competitor was always tipped to be the USA – a squad who own an unparalleled 1,893 caps – and this proved to be true.
The amount of support the Women’s World Cup garnered this year was really inspiring and exciting, as I have never seen it be taken so seriously. It is clear that the popularity of women’s sport, particularly football, is on the rise and as a campaigner against discrimination in football, that makes me really happy.
Key players to watch for included:
- USA’s Alex Morgan, a forward who won the Golden Boot award at the Concacaf Women’s Championship
- Australia’s Samantha Kerr, a forward. This year is her third world cup
- Brazil’s Marta, a forward who is an Olympic Silver medallist who has been named FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year five times.
England’s team was made up of:
Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Man City), Mary Earps (Wolfsburg), Carly Telford (Chelsea)
Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Man Utd), Steph Houghton (captain, Man City), Abbie McManus (Man City), Demi Stokes (Man City) Leah Williamson (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Karen Carney (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Reading), Jill Scott (Man City), Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City), Georgia Stanway (Man City), Keira Walsh (Man City)Forwards: Toni Duggan (Barcelona) Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Man City), Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign), Ellen White (Birmingham City)