England coach’s powerful final word at the World Cup: Football ‘needs to work on that’

Trailblazing Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman used her press conference after the FIFA Women’s World Cup final to call for further opportunities for female coaches in the game.

Wiegman, who has steered England and Netherlands to the last two World Cup finals, but won the European Championships in between, was the only female left in the final four of the tournament. 

When asked about the future of female coaches, she explained: “I said that before, we need women coaches, female coaches.

“I think that a lot of work has been done and is still necessary to do to get more females involved and to give opportunities and to take opportunities.

“I hope everyone has seen, people are inspired, women are inspired… 

Sarina Wiegman, Head Coach of England, walks past the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy

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“(They can now think) I am going to do something in the women’s game, and the balance needs to be better. 

“It is not that men are not welcome…a lot of men have done a tremendous job and been in the game a long time.

But it would be nice if the balance gets better and we need to work on that to make it better. UEFA is doing that, FIFA doing that, federations need to do that, and also give women opportunities.”

After losing 1-0 to Spain in the decider, Wiegman conceded that the better team had won the sport’s biggest prize, hailing them for their ingrained possession style of football, which forced her to change formation at the break and make a double change to try and change the game back in her side’s favour. 

“We know Spain is so good in possession game, always plays around the ball, very tight, very technical,” she analysed.

“Then you try have a high press. Even when we had a high press we were too expensive (expansive) too and they came out fit, that is their quality too. 

“So we tried to drop deep a bit…and be compact first, otherwise you can’t press the ball…I

“I think second half we did that a little better. 

They are absolutely the best team with possession game but they have even been better. They have had a very good tournament to be really honest they deserved this win.

Wiegman admitted she thought her side would surge home and equalise after Mary Earps’ second-half penalty stop, but, having finished in second spot, revealed she told her players they had nothing left to give. 

“I think we played better in the second-half, we changed the shape, I think we got momentum, we got more their half, then we got he penalty. 

When Mary saved it I thought, now we’re going to score the goal and get the 1-1. But we didn’t.

She continued: “Of course it is very disappointing; everyone was disappointed we didn’t win the game. On the other hand I think we can be very proud of ourselves but it doesn’t feel that way at the moment. 

“Everything we have done, how we have grown int the tournament, the challenges we have had…how we have adapted…we have given everything we could in this tournament and also in this game. 

“That is basically what I said – when you give everything, a team wins, they are a little better.”