Women’s Football Summit shows the strength of the Women’s Football Industry
The event, held in the Espacio Bertelsmann brought together over 20 international speakers and experts from the women’s football industry.
Madrid, September 13, 2017 – The women’s soccer industry met yesterday at the first international congress in Spain dedicated to the Women’s Football Industry. Women’s Football Summit, celebrated at the Espacio Bertelsmann located in the centre of Madrid, debated about the next steps that must be taken by this industry to continue in its path of growth and international consolidation.
The event, organized by World Football Summit, was attended by representatives of the women’s football from FIFA, UEFA, LaLiga and national and international clubs with a long history in this field. They all emphasized a message of unity to face the challenges that women’s football will have to face in the coming seasons, especially in areas such as the exploitation of television rights or the bet of clubs by their women’s teams.
For Pedro Malabia, LaLiga’s Women’s Soccer Director, the growing interest of people in this sport is only the beginning of the road: “the big step is to continue on this open road. It’s like a marathon, you have to be constant and be prepared.” To continue improving the sport, Pedro bets on the responsibility of the clubs: “to understand that we are creating a great product and the added value of being part of this league.”
One of the main spokespeople of this congress was New Zealander Sarai Bareman who, with less than a year in the position of FIFA Chief Women’s Football Director, is betting hard to improve the level of professionalism of the players with the goal of achieving the 60 million women practicing this sport in 2026.
To conclude her speech, the former international for Samoa, highlighted the good work carried out in Spain regarding women’s football, both at an institutional level and clubs: “Spain now begins to import players, not only to export, as it had been doing in the past.”