Fara Williams: Women's World Cup can boost domestic game

Saturday 11 Jul 2015
Fara Williams celebrates one of her three World Cup strikes

Fara Williams says the success of England can help take the domestic game to the next level.

Williams, who is the most capped player in Lionesses’ history, was one of the star performers in England’s historic 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign, scoring three times en-route to a record third-place finish in Canada.

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And the Liverpool Ladies midfielder now says she wants the team’s success to inspire the next generation.

"We haven't achieved something like this for a long time and the fact that we have means that hopefully we can really push on," she told LFC.com. 

"With the media and everyone else, we're really trying to get supporters to the Women's Super League games and grow our game even more."

The London-born midfielder and her squad-mates received quite the welcome at Heathrow on Monday morning, when they were greeted by an army of fans and well-wishers.

And on Thursday morning, they spent time at Kensington Palace with HRH The Duke of Cambridge before meeting Prime Minister David Cameron at No10 Downing Street.

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That was followed by a trip to Centre Court at Wimbledon, where the players watched the women's semi-final games.

But now attention is back on the domestic campaign as FA WSL fixtures resume on Sunday.

"Hopefully they've seen that in our performances while we've been away and hopefully they'll all come out to our games and see what we do for our clubs," Williams continued.

"We'll know how much we've done when it comes to those WSL games and how many turn out for us.

"I think you've seen the passion we show in that shirt. We show it for club and country and we really do try to inspire young people to take up the sport."

The FA WSL 1 paused for the World Cup, but returns on Sunday with four fixtures.

Among those is Liverpool ‘s trip to second-placed Arsenal.

“It's important that we get out there and really try to continue the momentum we've built up in those WSL games”

Fara Williams 

It is unclear as to whether manager Matt Beard will play Williams, or give her an extra week’s rest ahead of the Notts County game a week later.

But regardless of the whirlwind month, Williams says she is ready for action once again with Liverpool.

"Everyone's desperate to get on the pitch, that's what we want to do," she added.

"We're all contracted to our clubs and we agreed to sign up to a summer league in the hope that we'd get the fans out.

"I think it's important that we get out there and really try to continue the momentum we've built up in those WSL games."

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By Jamie Reid Senior Writer