US international Megan Rapinoe says women’s football in England is ‘far behind’ due to the lack of investment
She doesn’t think enough “effort and pounds” have been put towards the development of the Women’s Super League.
The Women’s World Cup winning United States midfielder has been particularly unimpressed by the lack of funding provided to clubs in England despite the profile of the WSL was raising significantly following a summer of major transfers, with several players from the USA 2019 World Cup winning squad sealing moves to England.
Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis joined Manchester City while Alex Morgan left Orlando Pride to join Tottenham Spurs with Christen Press and Tobin Heath penning deals with Manchester United.
Rapinoe, who serves as captain for both the USWNT and OL Reign says it is “disgraceful” that a club like Man United had taken so long to revive their team.
“It’s 2020. How long has the Premier League been around? And we’re only just seeing a club like Manchester United put effort and pounds towards a women’s team? Frankly, it’s disgraceful,” Rapinoe told BBC Sport.
“Women’s football in England is the same as in America. It’s so far behind because of what we’ve had to overcome in the lack of investment.”
Rapinoe, who won the Ballon d’Or in 2019 after a great year in which she clinched her second World Cup title, decided against playing in National Women’s Soccer League competitions this year.
“I’ve had a few teammates go abroad and play, while I’m training and trying to keep fit in the hopes that eventually we’ll be out of this hellscape,” said the 35-year-old.
“I want to keep playing. I’m definitely not anywhere near retirement – I absolutely want to play at the Olympics.”
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By FARPost Reporter