Fara Williams urges Women's game to maintain growth

Wednesday 22 Jul 2015
Fara Williams wants to win FA Cups for Liverpool
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Fara Williams wants to set an example for the women’s game and not live off the back of last month’s World Cup bronze medal.

The England midfielder has her sights set on victory at the 2017 European Championships – as well as some FA Cup wins with Liverpool – but she wants fans to do their bit by flocking to watch her and her Lionesses team-mates play in The FA WSL.

Fara Williams in action for Liverpool this month

The 31-year-old told the Express: "Where do I see myself in two years? Hopefully with a European gold medal and hopefully still at Liverpool with some more titles, and I wouldn’t mind winning some FA Cups.

"I can't live off the back of a third place finish at a World Cup."

Williams casts her mind back to her early days as a player, and is encouraged by the improvements in professionalism and the recent upsurge in crowds at FA WSL matches.

But England's record cap holder – along with David Beckham, the only England player to score at three World Cups – knows that progress counts for little if the increase in attendances is not maintained.

Laura Bassett and Fara Williams chat to FATV

"When I started, those players I played with back then were absolutely ruthless," she said. "The players would literally fight and now it is a little prettier.

"The problem is we don’t fill the gates and until you start getting people through the gates, it is hard for anyone to take us seriously. We need someone to invest.

"Off the back of the World Cup we need to get people through the gates."

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By James Callow Content manager