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Where is women's football going?


This article takes an in depth look at the state of women's football in England, including its history and a comparison with the fully professional league in the United States.

The Football Association aims to make it the second most popular sport in the UK.   There is quite a long way to go, certainly in terms of attendances.   They are comparable with those of non-league teams and, indeed, most matches are played in non-league stadiums.

However, progress is being made.   Splitting out the commercial rights was a good idea so there is now more coverage on BBC and BT.   The game is also becoming professional with players, if not being plaid a salary big enough to live on, need not spend too much time in a second job and can spend more time training.