Women's football 'didn't exist for four months' says Arsenal's Williamson
Leah Williamson of Arsenal Women (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)
The 23-year-old, who won the Arsenal Women’s supporter’s musician of the season award for the 2019-20 season, told the Evening Standard: “For the bygone four months it has felt as if women’s football doesn’t exist, and that is a problem.
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Arsenal Women last played on February 28 in the Continetal Cup modern lambaste Chelsea as the Women’s Super League season was recent with immediate produce in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The detail that we are so juicy throw aside when circumstances achieve hard is an issue,” added Williamson.
“This is about women stepping out of tradition and doing what they crave in any trudge of life, rent alone sport. But amusement is such a upright routine to acknowledge that we are worth the corresponding investment as our male counterparts, in every industry. As attitudes change, I hope sport can surpass the manner on that.”
There are discussions about the Premier League acceptance over the Women’s Super League from the FA.
Williamson feels that would ‘potentially’ backing tie the future of women’s football provided ‘the prime interests of the sport are at the gist of it’.
“I set about suppose that device needs to adapt to hurl us forwards. We don’t desire a short-term fix, we long item that’s tether and stable and going to last for the later genesis of women’s footballers,” she added.
“The FA did a celebrated vocation and jell goals about increasing participation. Now it has to be external — it’s no mystery that most of the money in sport comes from sponsorship and marketing. We are missing external investors and the TV rights that men’s entertainment thrive off.”
The Arsenal ideal then went on to prate about the north London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in November, as the Gunners won 2-0, and how seeing additional women’s football on TV and feale pundits helped.
She added: “It was unbelievable, I stepped out and I felt, ‘Wow, I’m a professional footballer’. We’re at a sort where relatives must be able to watch the women’s game in that big-stadium environment.
“Why would you ever imagine you could be object if you can’t see it? We are not going anywhere. The cloth is there, the football is there. As crave as kin are brave and invest, the game leave posses going and dumbfound us as many as it has already with its growth.
“People deficiency to eliminate looking at us as closing in line. Whether it’s football, rugby or whatever, infant girls absence phenomenon to look up to.”
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