International Women's Day | Let's celebrate it together

01.03.2021

Written by Lasse

On the occasion of International Women's Day (8th of March) we want to celebrate, support and motivate all the female football players. Join us, when we dive into the women's world of football as it is today. #internationalwomensday

International Women's Day 2021

Every year on March the 8th, International Women’s Day is held. It is a day dedicated to honouring women, their achievements throughout history and assessing how much more work needs to be done to achieve gender equality in fields all over. All over the world, girls and women are playing football with great passion. Approximately 60 million women & girls are playing football according to FIFA. And during FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019, we saw an increasing interest in women’s football.

The new dedication and steady growth still have untapped opportunities and it is Unisport's passion to further support girls who play football. Therefore we would like to show you the best women's products, the best female players and of course take a look into last years entertaining FIFA Women's World Cup.

Football gear for women

Step onto the field and be ready to dominate the opponent in women's football clothes & boots from Unisport. Most football and training equipment is actually unisex, to be used by both men and women. But naturally we also offer equipment designed for women only. Football shirts for women are slightly different than the ones for men: the fit is tailored to fit women and the shirts generally have slimmer waists and a wider cut around the chest.

We have the right sports gear you need with our selection of football products to choose from. Either a player or a fan - we have you covered!

Explore our collection of football boots, football shirts, sport tops, goalkeeper gloves, training wear, base layer and equipment for women. You can even print your own name and number on your new football shirt, or name and flag on your new football boots.

FIFA Women's World Cup 2019

One of the biggest highlights in women's football in recentt years must be the 8th edition of FIFA Women's World Cup. It was held in France during the summer of 2019 and it was France’s first time ever to host. That is a bit odd, because the French Division 1 Féminine includes teams such as Paris Saint-Germain Féminine and Olympique Lyonnais Féminin, and the latter might be the most successful women's club team in recent years.

The FIFA Women's World Cup winners was, as many times before, the United States of America. This World Cup win was their fourth World Cup title out of eight possible. That is what you would call a succesfull and powerfull team!

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The increased interest in women’s football were shown in new records in broadcasting of the tournament. FIFA forecasted over a billion spectators at the final across all platforms in the world. The increasing interest in women's football were also exemplified in an episode between the, at that time, American president Donald Trump and USA's star player Megan Rapinoe. Whether or not you agree with either Trump or Rapinoe, you have to admit that this episode is a perfect example of the huge attention drawn towards women's football nowadays.

Speaking of the main star player of the World Cup, let’s have a look at who dominates the world of women's football.

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Women's football star players

Marta

Let's start off with one of the legends in women's football. She is Brazilian. She has been called "Pelé in skirts" - by Pelé himself. And has been honored with a top-3 placement in 13 occasions at The Best FIFA Women's Player (former FIFA World Player of the Year) awards. You might have guessed it. And if you guessed Marta, you are correct. Marta is a living legend, not only in women's football but in the whole world of sports. She also needs a shout out, because she set the record for most goals scored at FIFA World Cups - a record that stands for both genders. By scoring two goals for Brazil in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019, she has scored 17 goals in total across all world cup editions - one more than the German male legend Miroslav Klose. If she wasn't a legend before, then no one can deny that she is a legend now.

Lucy Bronze

Moving on from a former big star to maybe the biggest star of women’s football nowadays. We are of course talking about the English footballer Lucy Bronze. Bronze is having some unbelievable years at the moment, as she won the UEFA Women's Champions League and French Division 1 Féminine three years in a row with Olympique Lyonnais Féminin. Now she has returned to Manchester City after a three years successful spell in France. Besides her club glory, Bronze has also experienced a lot of personal success. She won the UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award in 2019 as the first English footballer ever. And at the end of 2020, she was also named FIFA’s Best Women’s Player of the Year - as the first defender and the first English footballer to do so. Some pretty decent years for Lucy Bronze - not only individually but also for her club.

Pernille Harder

If you don’t think Lucy Bronze is the best player at the moment, this woman might be your choice instead. And we understand why! Pernille Harder is stacking up on some amazing achievements in these years. Leading VfL Wolfsburg to four doubles - Frauen-Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal Frauen - in her four years in Germany must be labelled as a huge success, right? In 2018 and 2020 she also led ‘Die Wölfinnen’ to two UEFA Women's Champions League finals, where they sadly lost to Olympique Lyonnais Féminin and Lucy Bronze twice. And if you aren’t convinced about Harder’s abilities, here are some more reasons. She won the UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award 2020 and 2018, and she is the most expensive female footballer in history, as her success in Germany resulted in Harder being sold to Chelsea for a world-record high fee.

Wendie Renard

The French footballer Wendie Renard from Olympique Lyonnais Féminin might not be the first football player you would stumble upon, when checking out personal acclaiments and individual awards. But that is a bit of a shame. Being seen as an institution in one of the most successful clubs in the history of women’s football, she is undoubtedly one of the best female players ever. One thing that shows that, is that she might be the female footballer with most trophies in her cabinet! She has won 33 (!) trophies at Lyon. Out of those 33 trophies, you’ll find seven UEFA Women's Champions League titles and 14 Division 1 Féminine titles. So that’s why we think she is in the very top of best players in women’s football.

Megan Rapinoe

Last but not least, we have to mention Megan Rapinoe again. She has not only won everything imaginable in the last couple of years, as she won the Ballon d'Or Féminin, Golden Boot (World Cup top scorer), Golden Ball (World Cup best player) and of course winner of the World Cup with the American team - everything in 2019. But she is also a role model because of her political and social engagement. And because of that, she was named a part of a Time magazine's list of ‘100 Most Influential People of 2020’. So she might not be the most title-winning footballer in the history of women’s football. But she is still one of the most influential and well-known female footballers - and she is doing a lot for making all people get equal rights. And isn’t that what International Women’s Day is about as well?

Other female football stars

The list is long and we could mention many more female star players such as Alex Morgan, Ada Hegerberg and Sam Kerr. Women’s football is more popular than ever - and it won’t stop for now. We at Unisport will keep supporting female players, the progress and help more people to join the beautiful game of football - either of their gender.

Show your knowledge and WIN

To celebrate International Women’s Day even more, we’ve made a quiz about women’s football. The prize will be a giftcard of 400€, so you can be ready for the new season to start. All you have to do is to answer correctly on eight questions about women’s football, and you are a part of the draw. Luckily for you, you’ll find a lot of the answers in this blog. So check the quiz out, right here!


Show your support to your favorite women's team or player now! Or lace up yourself!