‘Did you watch the football last night?’ is a question that features in many lads What’s App groups, after work pub sessions and the chit chat when the two solo males are forced together at a party. And, of course, there are plenty of female fans who will eagerly start or join in that conversation – but less so does the topic happen to be around women’s football itself. Yet all that feels like it has changed, with the UEFA Women’s Championships 2022 acting as the turning point for the country to rally together in support of Europe’s biggest women’s sporting event - ever.
This year’s tournament feels like a momentous win for women’s football not only in England but around the world, with plenty of commentators and players reflecting on the changes they’ve seen throughout the years. Hosted by England and already well under way, a record-breaking 500,000 tickets have already been sold for the live matches – twice as many as the previous Euros in the Netherlands in 2017 – with 100,000 international fans expected to attend matches in person, and more than 250 million people watching live on TV. It’s impossible not to see this as a huge influence on the future generation, and a new era for the sport. Naturally, team Grazia are right behind The Lionesses – and with them being among the favourites to win, you better believe we’ll be screaming at the television all the way up until 31st July when the tournament comes to a nail-biting end.