The Lionesses Roar at the Women’s World Cup
June 23, 2015

England Team at the Women's World Cup

The rising popularity of women’s football is by no means a new thing. It has been bubbling away for many years now, with vast sums of money being invested in the sport, raising its profile to new levels both in the UK and abroad. The culmination of this is happening right now in Canada, where the FIFA Women’s World Cup is taking place for the seventh time since its introduction in 1991.
At the time of writing this blog the tournament has lived up to the global hype with the standard of football reaching new heights. The impressive feature of this Women’s World Cup has been the fantastic stadiums the athletes are getting to play in – they are massive and rival those that the men’s teams play in. This added capacity makes the atmosphere incredible for all the teams competing and really resonates through whatever media device you are catching the action on.
England’s interest is still alive, despite a shaky start against France where the manager was perhaps a bit naive for setting the team up in such a defensive manner and subsequently succumbing to an initial defeat. “The Lionesses” as they have been endearingly labelled by their fans have won three results on the bounce against Columbia, Mexico and Norway. They go into the quarter finals against host nation Canada with a real belief and sense they can reach the Final!
Key players for England so far have been namely Fran Kirby (a tenacious forward player who has been likened to Lionel Messi – the Barcelona and Argentina international), Karen Carney (a superb worker, does not stop running and bags plenty of goals for the national team) and Steph Houghton (England’s captain and defensive rock, Houghton plays with fearlessness and heart).

England’s chances are good if they can stay organised and steel up the back line. They will have to work hard if they are going to beat the powerhouse teams who have dominated so far including current champions Japan plus Germany and France who have all scored freely.
If you haven’t done so, so far make sure you are tuning in to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, coverage is largely via the BBC, Eurosport or indeed the WWC official website.
If you feel inspired to get out there and give football a go how about checking out the British Blind Sport website.

Enjoy the rest of the tournament!

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