Germany must follow Euro 2022 loss with a sustained national focus, investment for women’s game

Interest in women’s football in Germany is down — as per the German Football Association (DFB) — the number of girls teams has (roughly) halved since 2010, crowd numbers in the Frauen-Bundesliga aren’t moving up and even for the women’s national team, attendances have been in free-fall for years. The data is helpfully presented in … Read more

England’s historic Euro 2022 victory has changed the face of women’s football, and this is only the beginning

12:25 PM ET Ian writer Close Darke, who called games for the network during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, is ESPN’s lead soccer voice in the United States. He has covered the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League since 1982, and has one of the world’s most recognizable soccer voices. … Read more

England’s Euro 2022 title success is a platform to inspire the next generation

LONDON — Lucy Bronze wasn’t sure what was next after this final. For her whole career, whenever a tournament finished with England, she’d pick through the disappointment, learn from it and try to ensure she wouldn’t feel the same again. As a country, it’s been this case for 56 years. Even after their remarkable win … Read more

England’s superbubs lead Women’s Euro 2022 hosts past Germany to win first major title

LONDON — England are your Women’s Euro 2022 winners after a thrilling back-and-forth final against Germany on Sunday. Substitute Ella Toone gave the tournament hosts a second-half lead with a brilliant individual goal, only for Lina Magull to level in the 79th minute. When the game went to extra time, it was another England sub, … Read more