Football Waiting For The Spotlight

24 September 2012 11:28
Womens football needs a spark to take it forward

 Frankie Brown led Hibs to an 8-0 win over Aberdeen ladies on Sunday in front of perhaps 20 fans. This is in contrast to her appearance for Scotland against France last Wednesday in front of just over 800 fans. There is an even bigger contrast to women's teams playing Germany who attract average crowds of over 5,000. Hibs are second top of the Women's Premier League 12 points behind unbeaten Glasgow City who will be playing Fortuna Hjjørring of Denmark in the last 32 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League on Wednesday. The women's game in Scotland is still looking for that magic moment when it is more than family and friends that come out to support the teams. The players are dedicated as much as their male counterparts with the top sides training up top six times a week while also studying or working. They rely on the good will of their employers or lecturers for the extra days off that European or international games require. Away games are always difficult with Glasgow City never having travelled with a full first choice squad due to work commitments.

Frankie Brown captain of Hibs (c) Ger Harley | SportPix

Qualification by Scotland for the play-offs for UEFA Women's EURO 2013 may be that magic moment. Scotland only lost one game in their qualifying group ending up second to France, ranked number five in the world, and were drawn against Spain in the play offs for the finals in Sweden. Scotland lost out to Russia on goal difference in the play-offs for the last Euro tournament in 2009. The second leg at Tynecastle attracted more journalists and photographers than seen in the last 10 international games all together. With two legged play-off against Spain kicking off at Hampden on 20 October, perhaps the women's game will come of age as far as the media and fans alike are concerned.