A decade after its launch, the Women’s Super League is no longer a hard sell | Karen Carney


Karen Carney

England’s top flight has made enormous strides since I started playing and new exposure could make this the best season yet

I remember returning to England a decade ago for the inaugural Women’s Super League, intrigued by what it would be like and convinced it had the potential to be the best in the world. Ten years on we have reached another milestone as the new broadcast deal is putting the women’s game at the forefront.

When I made my debut in the women’s top flight back in 2001 aged 14, I always dreamed we would reach this point, not knowing whether it would be possible. Back then we trained once a week and played a game on a Sunday. Everything was done by good people working for free, for the love and joy of the game. Two decades on all the teams are professional, with the players paid good wages and supported by strong backroom staffs, helping to make the exciting product that has earned the WSL its landmark television deal with Sky Sports and BBC, something that can only help the progress continue.

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