This summer’s Women’s World Cup has felt like a game changer…
FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, Sunday 7 July, 3.30pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
“The revolution will not be televised,” Gil Scott-Heron famously said. And yet, this summer, it ABSOLUTELY WAS TELEVISED. Women’s football, for so long a sport with a lack of awareness and big money investment – but never one lacking talent or ambition – has well and truly arrived. There have been superb players, incredible goals, aching heartbreak and VAR frustrations. (And that was just Scotland versus Argentina!)
Maybe this moment in time is something of a natural conclusion following the 2015 World Cup, which saw more than 750 million people tune in, or a well-earned reward for so many women’s club sides turning professional. One thing is for certain: women’s football is the best it has ever been.
Even the language around the sport is changing. We’ve gone from somewhat patronisingly talking about female footballers as merely “inspirations” or “role models”, like they were running youth clubs in their spare time or saving clumsy children from lakes, to talking about the actual football itself.
And we’ve really had it all in this World Cup. This year’s final is more than worthy of the tournament that preceded it. After a heartbreaking semi-final defeat for England, three-time winners USA will take on either European champions Netherlands or Sweden in Sunday’s unmissable showpiece, with all of the drama live on BBC One.
It has been incredible to watch women’s football move from a niche sport with diehard fans to a national talking point – and in the case of these two finalists, into the realm of national heroes. Now, practically every man, woman and child is able reel off facts about these incredible athletes (“of course, Alex Morgan was always going to shine in this tournament – she was named in the USA’s all-time best XI at the age of 24”).
But how good is your knowledge? Ahead of the final on BBC One, put your brain to the test with our quiz below…
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