Girls seek to emulate top women players

Monday, June 3, 2013, 14:21

Women’s football has caught like wildfire across the globe.There is an aura about the female game which has captured the imagination of thousands who aspire to reach the top.

Malta is not immune to this general feeling. Emulating the highest ranking players and icons such as Messi, Ronaldo, Beckam and many others is as much an urge among young boys as it is among their female counterparts who look up to Abby Wambach, Birgit Prinz and Mia Hammond.

The promotion of women’s football among girls has been inspirational in inducing more youngsters of the fairer sex to take up the game.

The Malta Football Association is instrumental in propagating this growing love for football as can be seen from the numerous activities including small-sided games and football festivals which are organised at primary school level.

Moreover, visits to schools and nurseries by coaches and national team players help immensely to whip up more enthusiasm for the game and love for our representative teams. Girls are in the forefront of these initiatives organised by the women’s section of the association while national leagues and other competitions generate more interest.

The 2012-2013 competitive season came to an end with the women’s knock-out final between champions Birkirkara and Mosta, a match which was bound to attract the attention of many including aspiring female footballers. A good crowd watched this exciting final on Wednesday.

It was a fitting end to the season where the Stripes were eager to clinch the double while Mosta were after winning the KO competition for the second consecutive time. The two teams had met five times this season. Two matches ended in draws, Mosta won two while Birkirkara won the last encounter which helped them land the league title. Then two weeks after winning the championship, Birkirkara claimed the double after defeating Mosta on penalties to win the Women’s Knock-Out. Dorianne Theuma put the Blues ahead but Stephania Farrugia levelled matters. The game went into extra-time with no other goals being scored. Penalties therefore had to decide the issue, with Birkirkara scoring four and Mosta two. It was the culmination of an interesting season which confirmed that football has indeed flourished in the Maltese islands.

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