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The vision of European women’s football sees room for indie clubs

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EN NEVA (AP) – Independent teams should be next to the historical names of men’s football, even when the women’s game is developing rapidly, the Organization of Europe’s top clubs said on Monday.

Clubs such as Fortuna Horing and Glasgow City, which do not have men’s teams, currently play in the later stages of the UEFA Women’s Champions League knockout.

The competition for the local independents will intensify after Juventus եալ Real մտ entered women’s football over the past four years.

One of the six main goals of the women’s soccer strategy published by the European Club Association is to create new clubs, representing about 250 men’s clubs.

These new clubs should include “big brands” and “green field clubs” that join the sport, said ECA Executive Director Charlie Marshall.

“Finding ways to start, develop and specialize new clubs is a big part of what we want to try to achieve,” he told reporters in an online briefing.

The document also provides for a “care package” to support clubs that are “on the verge of survival.”

Marshall acknowledged that larger men’s clubs would continue to invest in women’s football, saying “this is not what will be prevented or really should be prevented”.

Juventus and Madrid bought the licenses of local women’s clubs, which were later renamed after them, while Manchester United formed a team in 2018, which won its top English division in its debut season.

The appeal of the English Women’s Super League was shown by the internal broadcasting deal announced this month.

The biggest attraction of the biggest clubs is the changes in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, which “Lyon” has won in the last five seasons.

Next season, it will have three teams instead of the top two, including England and Spain, plus a new group stage of 16 teams. The final will be hosted at the 41,000-seat Juventus House in Turin.

Another major goal of the ECA is to “develop a competitive landscape”, which is the second European club competition.

FIFA also has a long-standing goal of creating a Club World Cup. With strong opponents from the United States, Europe would be less dominant than in the men’s version.

The ECA strategy also seeks to implement more medical research and data analysis projects that are currently lacking in women’s soccer.

Sharing the details of running youth academies is a major target, says Claire Bloomfield, ECA Women’s Football Director.

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