We’re reflecting on the Women’s World Cup a week after Spain took the title, beating the Lionesses 1-0 in Australia. The tournament has seen unprecedented support throughout it’s entire campaign. We witnessed viral videos, royal encouragement, and a newfound sense of pride in the women’s game. After years of discrimination and a lack of funding, we are finally witnessing women’s football gain the popularity that it deserves.
Here are the tops headlines, facts, and statistics from the Women’s World Cup.
After weeks of backlash, Nike finally agreed to sell Mary Earps goalkeeper shirt. This is after she was awarded the Golden Boot for her standout performance in the World Cup.
Data from Google Trends show that search term ‘football lessons’ in the UK rose by 2,009% after the Lionesses made it to the World Cup final. This highlights the Lionesses cultural impact on the general population.
The penalty shoot out between Australia and France was the longest recorded shoot out in World Cup history.
A peak of 7.3 million people tuned into BBC One to watch England’s semi final match. This is the biggest UK audience of a World Cup match so far!
South Korea’s Casey Phair is the youngest ever player to appear in FIFA’s Women’s World Cup at just 16 years and 25 days old.
How can I continue to support women’s football after the Women’s World Cup?
These are just a few examples of record breaking or newsworthy events that have taken place since the World Cup final. But it doesn’t have to end here. There are multiple ways to carry on supporting the Lionesses and the wider women footballing community.
- Find a football club to join near you – Whether you want to play, coach, or simply volunteer, joining a club from a grassroots level is a perfect way to support women’s football. You can find your nearest club here.
- Support the HerGameToo initiative – HerGameToo is a CIC dedicated to helping women in sport thrive. They work hard to eradicate sexism in the football industry and support women and girls at grassroot level. They have a reporting tool where you can report sexist behaviour at sporting matches amongst other services.
- Watch the Women’s Super League – The Women’s Super League will officially kick off 1st October. You can see a number of Lionesses play for their league club. Purchase tickets here.
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