Thanks Zaha, but female footballers really need a proper funding system
Women can now, finally, earn a living playing football. The England and Scotland women’s teams have just qualified for the World Cup and, having finished third in the 2015 World Cup, the England women’s team is the most successful senior national team since 1966. Women’s football is the fastest growing participation sport in the country, yet remains woefully underfunded.
The latest story of shame comes from Crystal Palace, where some Crystal Palace Ladies players were told to each find £250 in sponsorship. This at a club where the men’s side spent £32m on a striker who has managed a grand total of 18 league goals in two seasons. Luckily, their star player, Wilfried Zaha, stepped in with a charitable donation to help support the team, but how have we got here?