Millie Bright column: Women’s football getting bigger – we want to reach level of men’s game
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Chelsea and England defender Millie Bright has been writing columns for the BBC Sport site throughout the summer.
Where women’s football can proceed this weekend showed. I hope the fans excite because the players does induce.
Our friends and family that attended our very first Women’s Super League match of the season against Tottenham on Sunday were saying”wow, you’re playing at Stamford Bridge” because it is a shift from playing at Kingsmeadow.
We are becoming bigger and bigger and we want to be in exactly the same amount as the men’s match concerning playing in big stadiums regularly, but we want fans to keep coming to matches, purchasing in and fulfilling them.
We know it will not happen immediately but we’ve proven. This is where we have to push for women’s football. We talk a lot about raising the number of individuals who attend matches but in order to do that people must be at stadiums.
Despite 25,000 in a Stamford Bridge I believed there was an atmosphere. I could listen to the lovers. When the goal went in it was electric!
This was a special event. It is an honour to be aware that the club place this on for us. The numbers are just going to grow.
We want more times like this. It will be one to remember for quite a while and it’s the start of a silverware season.
I have always said it’s great because it will get the attention to have a certain allocation of free tickets. But we need the game to proceed in a way where an increasing number of fans are buying tickets. It is a business in the day’s conclusion to day.
We had to capture a new audience’s attention and I think we have continued it and did that in the World Cup. That has been revealed in the audiences that have come out this weekend.
We still don’t simply want it to be in this club although I feel like we are a force. We want it to be to the advantage of the league.
We’re in a situation where we do not just need to push against Chelsea. We would like people to find out what we’re doing and believe”we deserve that too”. That is how you get improvements and create change – it’s about people watching it and making their club alter too.
We are currently pushing for change in women’s football and on days like Sunday, you can see it for yourself. It was about the game but what leading up to it too – we had police cars and fire engines and available . There was all for the lovers a fun moment to make it.
Because that was their very first game in the league, I have respect for Tottenham and it was a fantastic performance. They didn’t quit and put up a fight to the last second. It shows the progression of these women’s game and it’s going to be this year – the toughest yet.
I am proud of our striker Beth England because of her performances recently. She got the goal on Sunday and that I thought she played good in her first two games with England.
When there’s 1 player that you can search for inspiration as someone that has been told”you’re most likely not going to arrive”, it is Beth.
She has shown people wrong through hard work and determination. I’m so happy for her since I have played for many years with her and from a young age at Doncaster Belles and Sheffield United.
You always hold back a tiny bit once you get into the England squad as you’re getting to know individuals but as she comes into it more and more, she’ll relax.
She could be the Beth that we all know. After that happens she is going to be flying the pitch. She will be among the finest in the league, When she keeps working.
People on the outside don’t always understand what we are attempting to achieve or that which we are currently talking in the England camp, however, it is about progressing being adaptable and locating a new method of playing .
There are no changes set in stone. It has not been said that Lucy Bronze will play at midfield, we just need to be able to change things up.
We didn’t win our two games lately – drawing at and losing – however they had been our games following the World Cup so enthusiasts need to be patient. We made errors but we aren’t perfect.
It will not be plain-sailing since we are attempting new things. They won’t come off immediately – that takes time. I don’t think it’s anything to be concerned about. It only came to sloppiness in the games and errors which were made individually.
We have two years before Euro 2021 so it’s not going to be perfect. We have to trust the process and think we will be prepared and firing at the very top level in two years’ time.
Millie Bright talked to BBC Sport’s Emma Sanders.
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