October 8, 2019
Millie Bright column: Women’s football getting bigger – we want to reach level of men’s game
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England and chelsea shield Millie Bright has been writing columns to the BBC Sport website during the summertime.
Where women’s soccer can go, this weekend revealed. I hope it excites the fans since it sure does induce the players.
Our families and friends that attended our first Women’s Super League match of the season against Tottenham on Sunday were saying”wow, you’re playing at Stamford Bridge” because it’s a change from playing Kingsmeadow.
We’re getting bigger and bigger and we would like to be in exactly the same amount as the men’s match in terms of playing in stadiums often, but we want fans to continue coming into games purchasing in and filling them.
We all know it won’t happen immediately but we’ve demonstrated the caliber we’ve got. This is where we need to push for women’s soccer. We speak a lot about increasing the number of folks who attend matches but to be able to do that people must be at larger stadiums.
Despite 25,000 at a Stamford Bridge I believed there was an atmosphere. I could hear the fans. After the object went in it was electric!
It was a special occasion. It’s an honour. The figures are going to grow.
We want more times like this. It will definitely be one to remember for a long time and it’s the beginning of a silverware season.
I’ve always said it is very good to have a specific allocation of tickets as it gets the attention. But we need the game to move in a way where tickets are being bought by more and more fans. It is a business in the day’s close to day.
We needed to capture a new audience’s attention and I think we did that and have lasted it. That’s been revealed.
We still do need it to be at this bar although at Chelsea, I feel as if we are a force that is driving. We want it to be for the benefit of the league.
We are in a position where we do not just have to push against Chelsea. We want people to see what we’re doing and think”we deserve that as well”. That’s how you produce change and make improvements – it is about people creating their club alter and seeing it.
We’re pushing sometimes like Sunday and for change in women’s football, you can see it for yourself. It was about the game but everything – we had police cars and fire engines and available . There was everything for the fans an entertaining moment to make it.
I have big respect for Tottenham since that has been their very first game in the league and it was a good performance. They set up a fight and didn’t quit. It shows the progression of this women’s game and it’s likely to be this season – the toughest yet.
I am quite pleased with our striker Beth England because of her performances recently. She got the goal and that I thought she performed good in her first two games with England.
When there is 1 player that you can look to for inspiration as somebody that has been told”you are probably not likely to arrive”, it is Beth.
She’s proven people wrong through hard work and determination. I am so pleased for her since she and I have played for several years and from a young age at Sheffield United and Doncaster Belles.
Once you first get into the England squad because you are getting to know people but as she comes into it more and more you always wait a bit, she’ll relax.
She could be the Beth that we all know. She will be flying onto the pitch, After that happens. She will be among the best in the league if she keeps working.
People on the outside do not always know what we’re discussing from the England camp or what we are currently trying to achieve, but it is about finding a new method of playing, progressing and being elastic .
There are not any changes set in stone. It has not been said that Lucy Bronze would probably likely be playing in midfield, we just wish to have the ability to switch up things.
We did not win both games – drawing and losing – so fans need to be more patient however they had been our initial matches after the World Cup. We made errors but we are not perfect.
It will not be plain-sailing because we are attempting new things. They won’t come off immediately – that takes time. I don’t think that it’s anything to be worried about. It came down to sloppiness in the matches and mistakes which were made separately.
We have two decades so it’s not going to be perfect. We must trust that the process and believe we’ll be ready and firing at the very top level in two years’ time.
Millie Bright was speaking to BBC Sport’s Emma Sanders.
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