Soccer is an active game, which is played between 2 teams. Each of the team consists of 11 players. Usually, soccer is play on a grass pitch. According to the game rules, only the goalkeeper can touch the ball with his hands during the game. Other players can use only feet and body. Originally the game was called “association football”, a name that was shortened to “football”, while the term “soccer”, used in Canada and the USA to distinguish it from other forms of football games.

Women’s soccer league. Women enter the elite of the game

Soccer, the world’s most popular sport, has always been a man’s game, despite the success of women in other individual and team sports.

But the bastion of soccer could not resist forever to the blows of the ramming, timid at the beginning, but more and more frequent and pressing with the multiplication of the female practitioners.

The beginnings of women’s soccer

FIFA President Sepp Blatter could not remain insensitive to the phenomenon for long, especially as it smelled of good business. The arrival of the female public would inevitably be accompanied by new sponsors and, of course, an increase in viewers and television rights.

The first official women’s match in history took place in Hazebrouck on 17 April 1971, in front of a dozen spectators, and pitted France against Holland.

The maturation of a promising soccer

Forty years later, the situation of women’s soccer has evolved considerably and no longer elicits the mockery or derision of yesteryear. On the contrary, it has established itself at a high level to the point where it is attracting increasing media interest.

Today, women’s soccer has produced its own stars, such as the Brazilian Marta Da Silva, the German Birgit Prinz, and the Japanese A. Miyama, who play an indispensable role in the development of the game. Miyama, who plays the indispensable role of locomotives for young girls who want to play soccer.

Soccer on the rise

Women’s soccer has undoubtedly progressed; the game is faster and more powerful, the players are more technical and, above all, tactically very disciplined. The ball moves well and the players, through their intelligent positioning, optimise the occupation of space. This makes for some great matches that are very enjoyable to watch.

Even physically, the women hold their own and manage to finish the extra time. But what is most pleasing to see is this joy of playing and this almost juvenile enthusiasm.

But there are still some shortcomings!

Of course, women’s football is not yet perfect. Indeed, women are less powerful than men and this is felt in two areas: shots are often too weak and centring does not have the desired effect.

Moreover, women still make many mistakes due to lack of technique, naivety, or lack of vigilance. But that is part of the charm of the game.

A more universal soccer

If the men’s World Cup remains, since the creation of this competition, an affair that is settled between two continents: Europe and South America, which share the trophies exclusively, women have changed the deal. In fact, in the women’s World Cup, several continents have been invited to join the party, such as Asia (Japan is the winner of the 2011 edition) or North America, with the USA as finalists.

This can only improve the level of this sport which has become even more universal.