Thursday, February 29, 2024

Video: Why Arsenal Women are playing against the boys academy teams

During the post-match interview with Arsenal Women’s head coach Jonas Eidevall after the team’s 4-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion, one topic that was brought up was the recent decision to have them play matches against teams from the Academy, such as the Under-15s and Under-16s.

Tim Stillman shares Jonas’ thoughts, including the reasons behind the move, discussions that took place with Academy Manager Per Mertesacker and others to make it happen, how it’s worked out for the likes of Barcelona Femini, Wolfsburg, Chelsea and the United States, and what Arsenal hope to achieve from this.

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Fun Gunner

Tim, thanks so much. This subject was well worth it’s own Vlog. This policy is already playing dividends from what I saw against Brighton Women. The benefits will pass through the WSL as well, the more teams espouse this approach. It costs very little, I would imagine, so is open to the smaller WSL sides. Women’s football as a whole will be the better for it. Great that Merts and Jonas emphasise the benefit to boys’ football and their coaches as well – that often gets overlooked. Very interesting to hear that it is seen as the first step in… Read more »


Very interesting

Zoe Waterfield

Did l hear right did Tim say “c***ts?

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