29 July 2020

Arsenal and England’s Leah Williamson: ‘For the past four months it has felt as if women’s football doesn’t exist’

Arsenal and England midfielder Leah Williamson has said the past few months have 'felt as if women’s football doesn’t exist.’

The Women’s Super League was suspended in March and cancelled in June due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Football Association used a points per game system to determine the final placings which saw Chelsea win the title. Whereas the Premier League completed their season.

Williamson told The Evening Standard: “For the past four months it has felt as if women’s football doesn’t exist, and that is a problem.

“Women are half the population. The fact that we are so easily cast aside when circumstances get tough is an issue.

"This is about women stepping out of tradition and doing what they want in any walk of life, let alone sport. But sport is such a good way to acknowledge that we are worth the same investment as our male counterparts, in every industry. As attitudes change I hope sport can lead the way on that.”

And she added it’s important to keep the momentum surrounding the women’s game going.

“I can’t believe how far we’ve come but that’s why it’s important that we realise we still have so far to go. As interest grows the availability of football needs to be in line with that. The most important thing is that we don’t lose the ground we made.”

The WSL is returning for its next season on September 5.

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