Women's football really might be the next big thing

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I have to admit that I never thought women's football would become as popular as it has, and now I am now starting to regret not watching more of the sport.

It is certainly as fast paced, skilful and brutal as the men's game just with different players and so it begs the question: why do less people watch the men's football rather than the women's?

It was only at the start of the World Cup that I began to watch women's football, primarily down to the fact that England were competing and, all in all, had a chance of victory.

Under new coach Mark Sampson, the squad seems to have been rejuvenated and have a lot of new found belief that they can achieve greatness as a team.

There can be no denying that England's recent football success as a nation is disappointing, and that there have been no major trophies won in many years. So could it be England's women's team who are the first to snap one up?

Breath of fresh air

In the early hours of Sunday morning, England's women's team were up against the hosts of the World Cup, Canada. The venue was BC Place in Vancouver. The Attendance was 50,000. The atmosphere was incredible. But it was also the football that stole the show as England got off to a flying start due to defensive errors from Canadian stars.

Goals from Jodie Taylor and Lucy Bronze made sure that England held the advantage. Even though England's nerves were shown during the early stages, they soon grew into the game despite conceding a goal just before half time.

During the second half England keeper Karen Bardsley had to be substituted due to an eye injury but the very experienced Siobhan Chamberlain took her place. It was England who managed to hold on and now they go through to the next round against the holders Japan, the biggest test yet for this England side.

However, it was less of the game play that interested me in this particular match. It was the constant support of the fans from both sides, who constantly cheered on their team, and I have to say that it seemed no different from a men's Premier League game.

Simply astonishing. Never before have I seen support like it, and I'm certain that the crowds will continue to grow for many years and eventually the women's game will become as big as the men's.

Good times are ahead for women's football but more has to be done if its organic growth is to continue.

What are your thoughts on the hottest question on everyone's lips, could England's women win the World Cup in Canada?

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