2012 really was THE year when it comes to sport! The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games catapulted the country into the world of sports, reminding us of old sports and teaching us of new! And women’s football, along with likes of the talented Ellie Simmonds and Jessica Ennis, has truly been at the forefront of the sporting calendar – and 2013 is set to be another big year!
2012 has been a big year for women’s football, particularly for the USA when they won the FIFA Women’s Under 20’s World Cup Japan 2012 as well as snapping up the Gold in the Olympics.
This year was the first year that the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament took place without German representation, nevertheless they still managed to add to their trophy collection beating Japan 4-3 in the Algarve Cup Final.
This year, women’s football is set to occupy some key dates in the European football calendar. The 2012/13 UEFA Women’s Champions League final is set to take place in Thursday 23rd May at Stamford Bridge in London. Hot on its heels will be the UEFA Women’s EURO 2013 which is being held in Sweden in July.
These two highlights will be accompanied in the Spring and Summer by the UEFA women’s football development tournaments. These tournaments, which started last year, are now open to all UEFA members associations, giving national teams of under 16’s and 17’s the opportunity to build on their skills in competitive international matches. All these events are aimed to expand the annual calendar when it comes to women’s football and gain more popularity, strengthening Europe’s footballing elite.
BBC Plan to Show Women’s Football…
This year the BBC is set to broadcast all of England’s UEFA European Women’s Championship games when the team heads off to Sweden in July. The BBC will offer the chance to see live coverage of all of England’s matches, including the semi-finals and finals which will be aired on BBC Two and BBC Three.
It seems the response to the women’s football at the London 2012 games has been recognised, with us Britain’s showing a strong appetite for the sport.
It seems England’s team have been spurred on by our interest in the sport and they are said to be in with a good chance of reaching the final stages of the Championships. England made it to the final of the Euro in 2009, only to be beaten by Germany. It seems they are fighting back this year after qualifying, unbeaten, following a 3-0 win against Croatia last September.
Euro 2013 is set to take place between the 10th and 28th of July with England’s first match against Spain on the 10th July.
Football Association Launch Five Year Plan…
Shortly before BBC released its plan to broadcast all of England’s UEFA European Women’s Championship games, the Football Association launched its five year plan to boost women’s football, with the aim to make it the second most played sport in the country. The FA’s plan wants to:
- Create an Elite Performance Unit with a head of elite development in charge of developing its best young players.
- Deliver a new commercial strategy for women’s football, giving more broadcast coverage to boost the profile of the women’s game.
- To expand the FA Women’s Super League by introducing a second division in 2014, enabling promotion and relegation
- And increase participation and expand the fan base.
Plans are already in place to get the ball rolling, with England coach Hope Powell very keen to see Team GB represented at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
So all in all 2013 as well as the coming years are set to be milestone years for Women’s football, so watch this space….
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