Women's game needs a leg-up

Women's game needs a leg-up

Our women's football team may not have performed well in recent years, and more should be done to put Singapore on the world map for women's football.

Not many people know that our women's team achieved third place in the 1977 Asian Cup and fourth place in the 1983 tournament.

Indeed, their achievements trump those of their male counterparts, who qualified for the Asian Cup only once - in 1984 as the host country.

Since 2000, the Football Association of Singapore has taken women's football under its wing.

But the women's game gets much less funding than the men's. If the same level of funding were available, Singapore's World Cup dream may not be that far off.

In recent years, women in Singapore have become more active in sports and excelled in the sporting arena. So the time may be ripe to consider raising the level of women's football.

A good source of talent could be players from China. We must also build our own local women's team through more engagement in schools and communities.

Ivan Goh, Reader

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