Wotmen's football has always been a controversial subject and will probably be controversial for years to come still. Nevertheless, the popularity of this type of sport as increased greatly lately. This tendency is mostly due to the hard working female football players and their coaches despite the negative position of many skeptics. Therefore, today, women's football is seen as a professional sport that looks confidently into the future.
There are now over 25 professional women's football teams. The most successful ones are representing Germany, Swede, the United States, Norway, China, and England. !6 national women's football teams compete for the FIFA women's world cup every four years. The leading women's world champion in football is the team from Germany. They have won one women's world cup in China in 2003 and they won five UEFA women's championships. The last four championships were consecutively in 1995, 1997, 2001, and 2005. The team is now coached by Silvia Neid. One of the leading women's football players is Brigit Printz. She has been awarded many awards and prizes including two bronze medals at the Olympics in 2000 and 2004. For five competitive years from 2001 to 2005, she was elected German Women Football player of the year. She was also elected FIFA's women's world player of the year from 2003 to 2005. At the end of 2005, she reached the impressive number of ninety international goals.
It is curious that in 2003 when Brigit Printz was offered a chance to play for the Italian Professional Male Football Club, she turned down the offer. Other successful German female football players are Inka Grings, Nina Kunzer, Connie Pohlers, and many others.
Another outstanding female football team is the Swedish national women's football team. In 1984, they won the unofficial European Championships. Female football is highly appreciated in Sweden. In 2003, one of the most watched sporting events in Sweden was the World Cup Final that took place in China. The current coach of the team is Thomas Dennerby. One of the most successful and world famous players on the team is Pia Sundhage. She scored 71 goals in 146 games. Other remarkable players on the Sweden women's foot team are Hanna Ljungberg and Victoria Svensson.
Another one of the women's football teams that deserve special attention is the United States national team. Probably, the most spectacular of Women's football was when Brandi Chastain scored the golden goal in the 1999 FIFA women's World Cup. You could even say that it was the greatest goal in women's global female football. The United States defeated China five to four because of a penalty kick. Women's football is gaining popularity. As many as 7,000 players in Germany are engaged in female football.
There are many women's football teams as well as clubs in many counties for any category of player from children to seniors. The most successful Women's football clubs are in Europe. There are the following women's football clubs: FCC in Frankfurt, Germany and FCC Turbine Potsdam. Female football is no more considered distasteful as the English Football Association called in 1921. In fact women's football is transforming into a rapidly developing industry with great fans all over the world.