Arsenal v Bristol Academy
The FA Women’s Cup Final
3pm, Sunday 26 May 2013
Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster Rovers FC
Live on BBC Two HD
Winning club will receive £5,000 from The FA Prize Fund
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Legendary USA striker Mia Hamm says she excited by the Women’s game in England and is loving her time in London for the UEFA Champions League.
Hamm, who played a staggering 275 times and scored 158 goals for her country before retirment in 2004, was at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night for the first part of this week’s European double-header.
The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year was impressed by what she saw as Wolfsburg - who beat Arsenal in the semis - put in a dogged display to beat holders Lyon 1-0 in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final.
And on Saturday she’ll head to Wembley where another German outfit will be crowned kings of Europe.
“It’s fantastic, this is a great country, a great city,” Hamm said when she spoke to FATV after the game.
“I think I’ve been here, my husband and I, about four times and every time we come there’s something new and we get to come to an event like this at a historic venue like Stamford Bridge. It’s been a great experience.
“It was a hard-fought match, two teams not willing to relent and I think it was entertaining football for all the fans who were there.
“It was incredibly dynamic, technical football. It was a penalty that decided it, but hats off to Wolfsburg, they stayed organised defensively, countered and frustrated a great Lyon side.”
She continued: “I feel so fortunate to be able to [watch the Champions League Final]. Another amazing venue, Wembley, and to watch two German teams go at it.
“Bayern has been playing great soccer and Dortmund has really electrified the fans and all those who have got to watch them.”
The on Sunday, it’s the showpiece match of women’s football in England as Arsenal take on Bristol Academy in The FA Women’s Cup Final in Doncaster.
Hamm is herself no stranger to winning trophies after collecting one Olympic and two World Cup winners’ medals during a glittering 15-year career.
She believes that events such as The Women’s Cup Final, along with regular action in The FA WSL, can only help inspire and develop a new generation of young women footballers.
“To be able to showcase and celebrate two of the top teams is great,” said Hamm.
“In our country, our league is just coming back and right now is the biggest thing for us is our collegiate game, outside the national teams.”
She added: “I know how much leagues really impact the development and the spirit of the game in the country.
“I’m excited for the young girls who get to go out and watch them play, and watched them here, and view themselves as one day stepping onto a pitch like this and competing.”