UEFA Women’s EURO 2017: an opportunity for women’s football
Just ahead of a new edition of the Euro championships, we look at the phenomenon of women’s football worldwide
We are in the final countdown to the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017, the championships that will take place from 16 July to 6 August 2017 in the Netherlands.
This year, for the first time, the number of participating teams has risen from 12 to 16; therefore, the group stage will comprise four groups of four. In each group, the teams will fight it out for the top two positions, guaranteeing qualification to the next stage.
This year, all eyes are on Germany, which, since the start of the 1990s, has only missed out once in this competition – in 1993, when Norway won – and by winning this edition would record its seventh consecutive title in the European competition for women.
The Women’s Euro will be the only tournament for the top national teams to take place in the summer of 2017, which is free of men’s tournaments and other competitions for women. Therefore, all eyes will be on Europe’s female players, a great opportunity for them to make a name for themselves and to show what they can do on the pitch.
Ahead of the start of the most eagerly awaited female competition in Europe, we have decided to look at the phenomenon of women’s football worldwide, from its history to its development up to the challenges this sport must face on a global scale, owing to the numerous prejudices it still suffers.