England’s victory against Colombia on Wednesday ensures the likes of Steph Houghton, Toni Duggan and Eniola Aluko are through to the knockout stages of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. They meet Norway in the round of 16 – their biggest challenge yet, given the consequences.
Without doubt there is a steep rise in the amount of young girls being inspired by seeing their heroes live on TV. After the World Cup, the momentum continues: new fans of the game can turn their attention to an historic Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley – the first time the national stadium will host a women’s domestic final.
Energy firm SSE are the first ever sponsor of the tournament, continuing the growth and reputation the women’s game currently receives. Their #GirlsTakeOver campaign begins with the first of a series of videos aimed at capturing the imagination of young girls.
Chelsea and Notts County will do battle at Wembley on 1 August and the fixture is set to attract vast numbers. Building on the buzz surrounding women’s football is key: after successful opening seasons in the FA Women’s Super League and full-time contracts for all players, the FIFA Women’s World Cup is receiving its best viewing figures yet, with the BBC showing every game live from Canada.
With the FA Cup final set for the greatest stage of all, girls all around the country will see first-hand what hard work, dedication and teamwork produces when some of England’s World Cup stars walk out for the Wembley showpiece.
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