Road to Rio and Cup Trophies – when a finished WNT week leaves you with football abstinence.
There are always camps and games happening across the world during the official FIFA dates for international women’s football. And this March was no different spoiling us with the AFC Olympic Qualifiers, European Olympic Qualifiers, Algarve Cup, Cyprus Cup and She Believes Cup.
It was a good ten days with qualifying and friendly games that led to the following results: Australia, China and Sweden qualified for the Olympics; Canada won Algarve Cup; Austria won Cyprus Cup; and the US won the She Believes Cup. But now it’s Sunday evening and I’m finding myself scrolling through Twitter hoping for some women’s football action but with little success. It’s been a few days since the recent period of international women’s football finished and I’ve got some weird withdrawal symptoms going on.
Outstanding Online Coverage
It seems there was a few surprises and some results that might change up the next FIFA world ranking a bit. But I admit that I have seen too few games to provide a qualified analysis of the state of women’s football based on these results. As a passionate female footballer with a master in communications, I do however dare to conclude that the coverage of the cups and qualifiers has been close to outstanding this time.
My laptop and social media accounts have been my best friends for keeping me updated on everything that went on. Especially Twitter proved to be the place to go for links to live streams, standings, team news and all other relevant information.
I believe that this is the first time since the Women’s World Cup in 2015 that we have had a good coverage of international women’s football. I know that there is still a long way to go in terms of getting all games on stream and also promoting the games better locally to get more people into the stands. But I really hope that at least in terms of the online coverage, this will set a new level of standard for the future.
Treating my football abstinence
Getting back to my withdrawal symptoms, I was truly bored the first few days with no international games to watch. Because there had been so much going on at all hours, it was like the action level just dropped to zero. Luckily we don’t have to wait until the next FIFA WNT action in April because soon, most leagues will kick off which means that there will be plenty of opportunities to follow women’s club football again every weekend and even on live streams in some cases. I just love how the coverage is getting better and better!
Line G. Johansen is a professional Goalkeeper with the Norwegian Toppserien club Amazon Grimstad FK and the Danish Women’s National Team. The talented 26-year old previously played in Denmark, England and Australia. Away from the pitch, Line holds a Master degree in Culture, Communication & Globalisation from Aalborg University, Denmark.