Womens Olympic football tournament preview

Ladies Olympic football

After 7 years of eager anticipation and preparation, the London Olympics kick off next week and the action begins with Team GB women taking on New Zealand at the Millenium Staduium on Wednesday 25th July. It should be a fantastic tournament with some high quality action, as this is a fully affiliated FIFA event so every nation will be out to win.

Team GB are managed by Hope Powell and feature plenty of the England players, so they should progress from a group that also features Cameroon and Brazil, who also meet in Cardiff next week. USA are the defending champions and will be the favourites once again, with Abby Wambach one of the favourites to top the scoring charts. Wambach will have particular motivation after missing Beijing through injury and then playing in the losing USA team in the World Cup final last year. However, France are in the same group as the USA and should give the Americans a good game with their entertaining style of play.

Japan are the other team to watch over in Group F, and will be looking to build on their surprise World Cup win last year. Canada, Sweden and South Africa complete that part of the draw.

The tournament consists of three groups of four teams, with the best 8 sides going through to the quarter finals, so we might have to wait until the latter stages until the action really gets going. This means there should be very few upsets in the early rounds, so the strongest two teams should reach the final which is on Thursday 9th August at Wembley.

You can show your support for Team GB in the official Team GB ladies replica shirt in the international section of our website. Good luck girls!

 

Female fans and the Premier League

Female fans and the Premier League

Welcome to the blog at Ladiesfootballkit.co.uk. We are here to provide you with the latest ladies replica shirts and a range of playing equipment to help you show your support for your team and improve your game. Here on the blog we are going to feature articles on a range of subjects, so where better to start than looking at the role of females in Premier League crowds.

The Premier League these days is a huge business, and an increasing number of supporters are women – both at the ground and at home. All seater stadiums and a family friendly atmosphere mean that you are almost as likely to see a family at a day out at a match as a group of lads. A host of recent surveys have shown that around 20% of supporters at Premier League games are female – and more significantly another survey found that around 33% of new supporters are female, suggesting that a whole new spectrum of society is being attracted to football. It also shows there is a huge market for ladies replica shirts!

These figures are a world away from the dark days of the 1980’s when hooliganism was rife and football grounds were not somewhere to take your family or your girlfriend – it is thought that fewer than 10% of supporters were female 25 years ago. The Premier League should be congratulated for all the work they have done in the last 20 years – so although some older fans may yearn for the return of the terraces and complain about a lack of atmosphere, there is no doubt that modern stadia make today’s game a more attractive proposition for all.