‘Feed their passion’ – Bring young fans to WSL games this season says Everton’s Christiansen | OneFootball
‘Feed their passion’ – Bring young fans to WSL games this season says Everton’s Christiansen
Everton midfielder Izzy Christiansen has called on fans to bring England’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 legacy into the Barclays Women’s Super League this season.
The Lionesses warmed the hearts of the nation 11 days’ ago when they defeated Germany 2-1 after extra-time in-front of more than 87,000 fans at Wembley to lift the UEFA Women’s EURO trophy for the very first time.
Everton midfielder Christiansen has been reflecting on the Lionesses’ achievement and she has written a personal piece ahead of the new season. The midfielder says that she was delighted to see England lift the trophy and that all eyes are now focused towards transferring that legacy into the Barclays Women’s Super League.
“What England achieved in the EUROs was nothing short of astonishing,” Christiansen said. “I won’t lie, the entire occasion overwhelmed me. More than 87,000 people at Wembley to watch England defeat Germany and lift a trophy. It doesn’t get much better than that. It was electric.
“Sarina Wiegman and her players deserve every ounce of credit that has come their way and I hope the celebration of their achievement will continue for some time to come.
“However, it is also right that the conversation has turned to legacy; to how we capitalise on this triumph and continue to grow the game in this country, not just at an international level but domestically through the Women’s Super League as well.”
The Barclays Women’s Super League is now very much a multi-national division which provides an interest for football fans not only in England but across Europe and the world. Christiansen went on to highlight the array of talent which can be seen playing their football in the league week in, week out, highlighting nations which performed particularly well at the EUROs.
She said “It has been well publicised that there has already been a huge spike in ticket and season tickets sales around the WSL clubs since last Sunday. That’s great, and I believe that hunger and appetite for the women’s game will continue to grow.
“I also think we need to embrace where the game is at right now, admire how it got here, and appreciate the levels in performance that have been reached and not only by England.
“Germany were fantastic, Spain and Sweden too and all those nations have players playing in the WSL.”
Everton kick-off the 2022/2023 Barclays Women’s Super League season with a match against Leicester City at Walton Hall Park on Sunday 11 September. Christiansen has appealed to families to back The Blue Girls this season and allow younger supporters to grow a passion for the women’s club game off the back of England’s success.
“If you have young children who are interested in football, take them to a WSL game,” the midfielder said. “Let them take in the atmosphere and watch the next generation of trophy winners. Let them meet their favourite players at the end of each match and create those memories. Feed their passion.
“Our first game is at home against Leicester City on Sunday 11 September (kick-off 1pm). There’s then a Merseyside derby at Anfield to look forward to on 25 September. Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all visit Walton Hall Park before the end of November. It’s exciting.
“It’s also perfect for families, it is affordable – and the clubs are waiting to welcome supporters with open arms.
“Please come along and give us your support and hopefully be inspired all over again.”
Everton Season Ticket Members and Official Members can watch every Barclays Women’s Super League fixture at Walton Hall Park for free as part of their Season Ticket/Membership package while other fans can buy tickets for Everton Women fixtures at evertonfc.com/wsltickets. More details on ticketing can be found using this same link.
To read Christiansen’s full written piece click here.
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