When I wrote the first draft of my book, The Verb To Be of Football and included an article using the going to tense relating to women in the future making their mark in football, I was laughed at and scorned by a number of males.
However, five years on women’s football are never out of the headlines. In 2018, the Ballon d’Or presented by France Football, was awarded for the first time to Ada Hegerberg of Norway. This remarkable striker is also doing a lot more for football than scoring goals and winning awards. She has refused to play for her national team and is using her voice to echo the discrimination that women suffer in the football world.
Five years on, female football has become important in more ways than we could ever have imagined. Not only has France Football dained to award their most appreciated accolade to women, but we can now enjoy watching them play the beautiful game on television. Many of these matches have attracted record breaking TV audiences, not to mention the fans that flock to the stadiums.
We have also witnessed women’s football receiving attention in another light. Just recently, in the local election campaign in Spain, Albert Rivera, leader of the liberal party, Ciudadanos, had his photograph taken playing with the Madrid Club de Fútbol Feminino.
Something is happening. Something is stirring in the world of football. What has provoked this change in men’s attitude? Whatever the reasons maybe, women are on the ball and will be for years to come.