Girls game rises in popularity

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GIRLS’ soccer continues to grow at a fast pace and hundreds more youngsters will be playing football in the Cambridgeshire FA S-TECH Girls’ League when the new season kicks off this Sunday.

The league, which contains sides ranging from Under 10 to Under 17, has increased from 62 teams last season to 98 teams this term.

Local clubs Wisbech St Mary, March Soccer School and Estover Park have all added new teams for this season.

The rise has been attributed to the strength of the league, the increased profile of the sport following the launch of the Women’s Super League, and the success of Team GB at the Olympics.

Chris Abbott, competitions manager at Cambridgeshire FA, said: “I am delighted that the S-TECH Girls’ League is attracting so many new teams.

“It has a very clear structure in place allowing girls to play football from the Under 10 age group right up to Under 17 level and then on to the women’s game.”

There has also been a big increase in boys’ teams joining the U12 9v9 League. From Saturday, 51 teams will contest five divisions, up from 21 sides playing in two divisions last year.