Want to get into the Women's World Cup—but no idea where to start? Football journalist Kelly Welles offers an easy, four-step guideby Kelly Welles / June 3, 2019 / Leave a comment
The arrival of the Premier League in 1992 has been blamed for many things, but creating among a significant portion of the nation’s population a pathological dependence on rich men running around a flash stadium is rarely one of them. Men’s football has turned into something of a pantomime with its seasonal unveiling of heroes, villains, batshit plotlines and tropes. What’s more, it’s one we all seem to know.
Hence why, this year, we’re all side-eying the Women’s World Cup. It’s a bit awkward, trying to catch its eye without looking too keen, horribly uncertain as to how to make our move and yet desperate to get involved.
As a woman and a football writer, I should be all over women’s football like Martin Keown on Ruud van Nistelrooy—but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I struggle to connect. I only know a few players. I’ve only seen a few games.
But while I don’t intend to patronise those who have been working in women’s football by suggesting my interest in the men’s game makes me an expert, I do want to support and promote something that will inspire young girls in a way I never experienced. We have all the tools to get into Women’s football. We just need to apply them. Here’s how.
Buy the sticker book. If anything signifies a levelling up of this competition, it’s that Panini got involved. A must for any self-respecting football nerd, the sticker album is a treasure trove of opportunity. This is your first opportunity to size up the opposition, panic that England look daft in their photos and analyse who’s got the best hair in the world.
This sticker book comes with a World Cup wall chart enabling one to calculate complex paths to the final and panic that we’re going to meet Germany in the semis.
Much is different about women’s football—but Germany’s threat level is not.
Work out your optimum immersion period. Ask anyone who loves football what the best thing about major tournaments is, and they’ll go dreamy eyed and dribbly while they say “three games a day.” A football fan’s schedule during opening fortnight is watching matches intently, filling in an…