“The fact that women have been banned from football for 50 years and have seen decades of underinvestment since means that more active measures are now needed. ”
Liverpool said Telegraph Sport they were “fully committed to the growth of women’s football,” highlighting the work of their Foundation to involve more girls in the community in football as well as the continued development with the women’s team.
“Everyone at the club was deeply disappointed with the FA relegation decision that they were ready and willing to return to the field to finish the last third of our championship season. This decision was made by our hand and our goal now is to fully support Vicky Jepson and his team who are determined to work hard to return to the WSL as soon as possible.
“LFC Women has had many notable firsts, including being the first women’s club to form full-time, and this season’s first WSL game at Anfield has attracted over 23,000 fans. The club’s investment in LFC Women has grown over the years. years and is now at an all time high. ”
As the men’s team moves to a new £ 50 million training ground soon, the Liverpool women share the facilities of League 1 Tranmere Rovers. Their Prenton Park field has been waterlogged this season and Chelsea manager Emma Hayes in December called the pitch “a blot on the club”, saying that Liverpool “should provide their women’s team much more than they do,” she said. explained later.
Speaking at a video press conference on Saturday, Hayes expressed sympathy for Liverpool Women and Jepson in particular, and said she hoped the standards of the best clubs could inspire the management of women’s teams in the future .
“I know Vicky, and I’m a manager, I was also second at the bottom of a front league, so I know how she feels,” said Hayes. ” I know [her] character and that she is pushing to keep raising the bar in her club and I have no doubt that she will.
“My comments on the pitch were well known, but I think Liverpool will do the right things for their team and I hope they will bounce back in 12 months with Vicky at the helm. And I hope that the investment of each of us drives the standards into others if they can afford it. I hope Liverpool will recover from a difficult time. ”
The FA aims to start the 2020-2021 WSL season on September 5, with Chelsea scheduled to resume training next month. Hayes said she was “confident” about the future of women’s football, citing broadcast opportunities she hoped to get out of the stop and reiterated that the FA’s decision to end the season was not just financially motivated.