Did you know women’s football is the single most important growth opportunity in football today, and it is FIFA’s top priority?! Here at Life Leisure, we feel as though women’s football plays a huge role in influencing young girls, whether that be helping to keep them active or enjoying the social aspects of playing or watching. Even though the game has grown exceptionally at all levels, the sport’s passion and rising popularity offer vast untapped potential. Were you aware FIFA is investing in dedicated funding, human resources, and innovative, tailored development programmes to help women’s football enter the mainstream, where it belongs?

Over the last decade, things have really taken off as more and more elite clubs take on full-time women’s squads and grassroots outfits try to ensure that as many girls teams as possible thrive where possible. However, the game continues to grow and is the world’s fastest growing sport. From the perspective of women, it is yet another line in the sand in the fight to be accepted as equals. For young girls to aspire to greatness in a sport they will have enjoyed as much as their male counterparts since childhood. This is such a positive step forward because of the confidence, health benefits, and sense of teamwork.

Just this past weekend, England created history by winning their first major women’s tournament in a dramatic Euro 2022 final against old rivals and eight- time champions Germany at Wembley. With just ten minutes of extra time remaining, Chloe Kelly poked home a loose ball from a corner, sending the raucous record crowd of 87,192 into excitement. Sarina Wiegman’s team proved they could handle anything a strong and physical Germany team threw at them on an iconic day in English world football. Ella Toone had earlier come off the bench to score the opening goal in normal time, but Germany’s Lina Magull equalised in the 79th minute to set up a tense finish. England did something no other country had done before: they beat Germany in the final of the European Women’s Championship, and the feeling was out of this world.

England received a standing ovation as they lifted the trophy, and defender Bronze slid across the pitch, covered in confetti, before the players began a victory lap draped in Saint George flags. Do you think you could become a lioness in the future? Why don’t you start off by joining a grass roots club and finding your LOVE for Football?!