Reading’s Fara Williams, a true pioneer of the sport and the holder of a record 172 caps for England, has given her thoughts on the huge impact and importance of the FA’s first ever Women’s Football Weekend this Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s great to be involved in Women’s Football Weekend and encourage more fans to attend the women’s game,” Williams said, ahead of Reading’s match at Madejski against Bristol City Women on Sunday. One of the main objectives of the initiative is for football fans to go out and watch a women’s game this weekend in the absence of any men’s football due to the international break.
The popularity of women’s football has skyrocketed in the UK off the back of England Lionesses success in the Women’s World Cup this summer. The spotlight has continued to shine on the sport as the opening weekend of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League saw more than 62,000 supporters attended fixtures across the country.
“I’ve noticed a big increase in support this season, which really helps on the pitch.” Williams added. Her 40-yard free-kick in the opening weekend against Liverpool at Prenton Park got the Royals off to the perfect start in the campaign, as they walked away with all 3 points.
Williams had a stellar October, scoring all 3 goals in Reading FC Women’s Continental Cup victory against Lewes and all 3 assists in a league win against Everton. Williams recently stated that she was nowhere near slowing down in her career, and her performances this season have been a firm testament to that.
While Williams and her teammates will be at Madejski on Sunday, she just wants fans to attend a woman’s game, whether that’s in RG2 to cheer on the Royals against Bristol City Women, or elsewhere. “If you can get down to support your local team please do and help increase the popularity of the game even more. It’s fantastic that we are able to celebrate women’s football over this weekend, especially when you consider where the women’s game was a few years ago”.
Reading FC Women take on Bristol City Women at 2pm on Sunday at Madejski Stadium in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and Reading FC Season Ticket Holders can get into the game to watch Fara Williams and the rest of Kelly Chamber’s Royals side, for free, by showing their season ticket card.
“I’m really excited to be taking part and particularly to be playing the game at the Madejski. I can’t wait to see the fans there.”
Match tickets for Sunday’s game are priced at only £6 for Adults, £3 Concessions/Children and £12 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children) and are available here. Tickets are also available to purchase on arrival at Madejski for £8 for Adults, £5 Concessions/Children and £15 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children).