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UEFA women’s soccer head pushes back against Super League

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) – The breakaway Super League would set back the development of the women’s game in Europe, UEFA’s head of women’s soccer said Tuesday.

The 12 clubs that announced they would set up a Super League on Sunday say they have plans to launch a women’s competition “as soon as practicable after starting the men’s competition.”

Nadine Kessler, in charge of women’s soccer at UEFA, said the closed league would hinder efforts to build a sustainable, professional women’s game across the continent.

“Only a small proportion of players unfortunately have full-time professions and guaranteed access to top-class facilities,” she wrote in a post on Twitter. “We do not only need more clubs but a better balance between those clubs so that more than just a few standout players can thrive on it.”

All 12 Super League clubs have women’s teams, but only two – Arsenal and Barcelona – have reached a Women’s Champions League final. However, others like Chelsea and Manchester City are growing fast. Instead, the giants of the women’s game are clubs that have been shut out of the Super League, like Lyon and Wolfsburg, Kessler’s former club. If the Super League launches, “all the great steps made in recent years, including the hardship of many players gone before, for our game to become a profession across Europe, will have less of a chance of becoming a reality,” Kessler wrote.

There could also be a clash of branding. The existing top division in England is called the Women’s Super League.

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