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Covid-19: reflections on threat and uncertainty for the future of elite women’s football in England

Clarkson, Beth G. and Culvin, Alex and Pope, Stacey and Parry, Keith D. (2022) 'Covid-19: reflections on threat and uncertainty for the future of elite women’s football in England.', Managing sport and leisure., 27 (1-2). pp. 50-61.


This commentary offers an analysis of the implications of Covid-19 on the future of elite women’s football, with the intention of reflecting on and illuminating the threat and uncertainty facing the game. Topics covered include (1) organisational and economic repercussions; (2) consequences for player contracts, migration and investment; and (3) player wellbeing. These significant challenges require swift and decisive action in order to mitigate their potential effects. Recommendations are made for governing bodies, parent clubs and practitioners, in addition to possible future research directions for academics. We reflect upon what can be done during and post-pandemic to continue the momentum and growth of women’s football in England, highlighting the need for football clubs to learn from previous crises by embracing innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Managing sport and leisure on 14 May 2020 available online:
Date accepted:04 May 2020
Date deposited:22 May 2020
Date of first online publication:14 May 2020
Date first made open access:14 November 2021

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