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The social stigma fo to girls playing the game, the discrimination, the derision, was removed years ago. But the fight is not over and here comes the even harder bit.
This weekend will see the start Seeking understanding and love a new Super League season and for the first time Looking for my fantasy football girl in Durham 11 teams as well as Manchester United in the second tier are full-time, professional operations.
It is a significant moment, which, along with the creation of dedicated Academy structures, is designed to ensure football is as realistic a career choice for female players as it is for men. That is only part of the struggle.
With average crowds in the WSL hovering around the mark, there remains giirl scope for growth. While football is the fastest growing participation sport among girls in the UK, there is an unquenchable thirst to expand.
T he relaunch of the WSL is one part of a four-pronged strategy. Next summer, both England and Scotland will play in the World Cup in France, with the former likely to be among the favourites.
A fter that, England intend to send a team to the Olympics in Tokyo inunder the Great Britain flag, with players from the other home nations also involved. England and the clubs working together is fundamental to drive interest, we really need to work together.
T hat reliance can be perilous, creating a geographical anomaly which means there is only one team igrl the top two divisions, Durham Ladies, located north east of Manchester.
F or now, Simmons can only focus on other issues.
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