English football won't really be back until women are playing again too | Julie Elliott

English football won't really be back until women are playing again too | Julie Elliott

30-Jun-2020 08:46:56 | The Guardian

With the WSL not restarting until September, women’s football is not on equal ground, writes MP Julie Elliott

As the Premier League season gets back into its rhythm following the immense energy and investment put into Project Restart, it is easy to look at the cancellation of the Women’s Super League with disdain, especially in light of women’s football restarting elsewhere.

After the World Cup in France last year provided a catalyst for a record-breaking WSL season, we saw attendances and viewers up, technology such as the FA player taking the game to new audiences, and players becoming household names across the country. It was therefore disappointing to see the fanfare and effort put into getting the men’s game back in comparison with the women, who saw cancellation for the top two tiers, and a nulling and voiding for those below, not least for Sunderland AFC Ladies who were about to be promoted to the Championship having been runaway leaders of the National League North all season.

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