Andy Harper, who has a PhD in Australian soccer from University of Sydney, and has been a football commentator on the women’s game for SBS, Channel 9 and Foxsports, says it is a huge day for women’s sports. But the expected surge in interest demands government investment in facilities.
Andy Harper says:
Dr Steve Georgakis, senior lecturer in sport studies and a researcher who has published on women’s sport, says today is a clear win for all women’s sports.
“We held the Women's World Cup, but this is very different because it is a much bigger and more meaningful tournament. So it’s a landmark in Australian women's sport. Other female sporting codes will have a spotlight turned on what their road map is going to be in the future. Will they try and compete with soccer and promote their respective women's capabilities?
“While it has been doom and gloom for Australian soccer, the women have come to rescue the code which has clearly been marginalised in recent years.”