Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Women’s Soccer United.
All of us at Women’s Soccer United would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
As we reach the end of another historic year for women’s football, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support for Women’s Soccer United’s mission and goals.
We appreciate all your interactions both on our site as well as on our social media channels, sharing your opinions and content. Your support never goes unnoticed.
2017 was a significant year for our sport with many national women’s teams coming together to fight for change and many reaching much improved agreements with their federations.
Danish women’s national team gets improved conditions — after pulling out of World Cup qualifier in protesthttps://t.co/ZAsD0SbFiz
Another win for women’s football. Let’s keep pushing for more around the world. pic.twitter.com/UhOKo8A8GJ
— FIFPro (@FIFPro) November 25, 2017
Whilst we have seen positive change, there is still so much more to fight for, some countries are a lot further behind than others in respect to the development and respect for women’s football in general.
Brazil’s protests appeared to fall on deaf ears and a number of their high profile players (and much loved athletes in our game) such as Cristiane, took early retirement from the international stage. It is still heart-breaking to watch Cristiane’s emotional video, which was later followed up by retired footballers uniting to post an open letter.
One of the most memorable moments on the pitch in 2017 was the UEFA Women’s Euro Championship hosted in the Netherlands.
It was a tournament that saw the underdogs outlasting the ‘favourites’, it made most of us have to rip up our predictions and just sit back and enjoy how much closer the competition has become between the footballing nations – a true testament to those investing in their countries’ women’s football development.
The Champions of Europe in 2017 were the Netherlands. They defeated Norway, Denmark and Belgium in the Group stage before knocking out Sweden and England in the quarter and semi-final stage. In the Final, the hosts earned a 4-2 victory over Denmark to claim the trophy and paint the town quite literally orange!
Looking ahead to 2018
We have already started putting together the international women’s football fixture list for 2018, we already have some exciting friendly matches including USA v Denmark, qualifiers for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as competitions such as the Algarve Cup, Cyprus Cup and the SheBelieves Cup.
Thank you again for all your support! We look forward to continue our women’s football story together with you all and hope the game continue to grow and prosper for all those involved both on and off the pitch.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The WSU Team bringing you news and updates from the world of women’s football.