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Women’s World Cup 2023: England Players Lead In Total Minutes Played, Reveals Fifpro Report

The report also highlighted the challenges faced by players in countries with less developed football infrastructure, often leading them to seek opportunities abroad

A recent report has highlighted the “vastly different playing opportunities” experienced by World Cup teams over the past year, particularly affecting female footballers.

The study, conducted by Fifpro in collaboration with Football Benchmark, examined the workload and playing opportunities of female players from 1 August 2022 to 3 June 2023.

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Notably, a significant number of female footballers, including England’s Euro 2022-winning stars Leah Williamson and Beth Mead, have suffered anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries.

The report also revealed that the club and international calendars remain inconsistent and fragmented, impacting the development of the women’s game.

Jonas Baer Hoffmann, Fifpro’s general secretary, emphasized the importance of analyzing the sport’s progress during the Women’s World Cup.

He noted that competitive opportunities for female players are heavily dependent on the domestic football context in their home country and the availability of international club football.

The report’s findings indicated that the England squad had the highest combined total minutes played in all competitive club and national team matches, surpassing Spain, Portugal, and the Netherlands.

England squad members accumulated 48,222 minutes in domestic club football and an additional 7,109 minutes from international club competitions such as the Champions League.

However, the USA, the 2019 World Cup winners, played fewer minutes overall but had a higher total of national team minutes.

The analysis excluded eight countries, including China, Argentina, and South Africa, due to limited available data.

Sarah Gregorius, Fifpro’s director of global policy and strategic relations for women’s football, emphasized the significance of player workload in assessing the needs of women’s football.

She called for collaborative efforts among football stakeholders to improve the international match calendar and make data-driven decisions to enhance the performance and well-being of all players.

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The report also highlighted the challenges faced by players in countries with less developed football infrastructure, often leading them to seek opportunities abroad.

It suggested that all regions should organize standalone qualifying competitions for the next Women’s World Cup, as currently, only Europe does so, to create a more balanced qualification system that supports the global growth of women’s football.

 

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