UEFA releases women’s football documentary series EQUALS | Inside UEFA

EQUALS, a six-part documentary series putting viewers one-on-one with some of the top stars in the women’s game like never before, is available today free to view on UEFA.tv.

The series examines the rapid rise of women’s football across Europe as well as the challenges that remain, against the backdrop of a record-breaking UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, which captivated audiences the world over last summer.

Nadine Kessler, UEFA managing director of women’s football

“I am incredibly grateful towards the players that shared their stories and emotions for this series in the midst of last summer’s historic UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. Because of that, EQUALS gives viewers unprecedented access with the top stars in our sport, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. Fans will experience the game like never before, as well as better understand the exciting future that lies ahead for women’s football.”

Each episode features a principal theme as players from all 16 teams that participated in Women’s EURO 2022 candidly share their experiences and opinions and also discuss the road ahead for future development.

Episode 1: Pressure is a privilege

Hear about the pressures faced on and off the field as the coverage of women’s football increases.

Episode 2: From the North

Learn what has made the Nordic teams and their players so successful, uncover more about the culture and football in the region and how this can be linked to aiding the development of young players.

Episode 3: Hero to Zero

Find out how injury and illness take their toll on some of the game’s leading lights.

Episode 4: Friends & family

Hear about the importance of emotional support at all levels of the game and take a closer look at the progress of some of the hopeful tournaments.

Episode 5: Real models not role models

As Women’s EURO enters the knockout stages, episode five examines how women’s football and its protagonists are changing, with in-depth perspectives from the stars of tomorrow and household names who have been there and done it already.

Episode 6: The start not the end

Episode 6 looks to the future of women’s football, while capturing the current state of play in the wake of the Women’s EURO final and where the game can grow from here.

What the stars say in EQUALS

Leah Williamson (England/Arsenal FC): “My mum had to pretend to be a boy to play football. I didn’t, I had the luxury of being able to play but there’s definitely been hurdles and I presume everybody in this generation and this team would have had the same hurdles and we’ve all got to where we are today because we loved it.”

Sarah Zadrazil (Austria/FC Bayern München): “We have to pave the way for the next generation, to show them that it’s possible to play in big stadiums, in sold-out stadiums, that it’s possible to become a professional footballer, even if you are a girl. Especially if you’ re a girl. It’s possible.”

Ada Hegerberg (Norway/Olympique Lyonnais): “I’m pretty convinced that if you start to teach a six-year-old girl how to play a pass, rather than when she’s 15, the level is going to be pretty different in some years.”

Magdalena Eriksson (Sweden/Chelsea FC): “Giving girls and boys an equal opportunity to start with is extremely important.”

Alexia Putellas (Spain/FC Barcelona): “You can see the compromises, how we are all chasing the same aim and we won’t stop until we achieve it.”

EQUALS features:

Laure Boulleau (Former France international)
Jule Brand (Germany/VfL Wolfsburg)
Daphne van Domselaar (Netherlands/FC Twente)
Magdalena Eriksson (Sweden/Chelsea FC)
Svenja Fölmli (Switzerland/SC Freiburg)
Laura Giuliani (Italy/AC Milan)
Giulia Gwinn (Germany/FC Bayern München)
Pernille Harder (Denmark/Chelsea FC)
Ada Hegerberg (Norway/Olympique Lyonnais)
Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir (Iceland/VfL Wolfsburg)
Marie-Antoinette Katoto (France/Paris Saint-Germain)
Nadine Kessler (UEFA Managing director of women’s football and former Germany international)
Lise Klaveness (President of the Norway Football Association and former Norway international)
Simone Magill (Northern Ireland/Aston Villa FC)
Beth Mead (England/Arsenal FC)
Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands/Arsenal FC)
Alex Popp (Germany/VfL Wolfsburg)
Alexia Putellas (Spain/FC Barcelona)
Linda Sällström (Finland/Vittsjö GIK)
Alex Scott (Former England international)
Jessica Silva (Portugal/SL Benfica)
Julia Simic (former Germany international)
Francesca Sullivan (Global female football player manager, adidas)
Lia Walti (Switzerland/Arsenal FC)
Leah Williamson (England/Arsenal FC)
Tessa Wullaert (Belgium/SC Fortuna Sittard)
Sarah Zadrazil (Austria/FC Bayern München)

EQUALS is the latest in a growing collection of original UEFA.tv series. Free to view, UEFA.tv also features a full UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament review, as well as all the best action and goals from UEFA’s men’s, women’s and youth competitions.

UEFA.tv is available on PlayStation (PS4 and PS5), Hisense VIDAA Smart TVs, Android and iOS (mobile and tablet), Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV as well as on web (https://www.uefa.tv/).

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