Sonia Bompastor, coach of Olympique Lyonnais, attacks the FFF about the development of women’s football. In an interview with RMC Sport, the former Les Bleues player believes that a lot of work still needs to be done to allow France to reach the top level.
Sonia Bompastor obviously had a message to convey. Four days before the final of the Women’s Champions League between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyonnais (Saturday at 7 p.m.), the coach of the Rhone team gave an interview to RMC Sport in which she worries about the delay taken by French women’s football in its development to reach the top level.
“Where we need to wake up is above all at the level of the federation. I was at the match between Barcelona and Atlético this weekend and there is a real cultural difference. On that, we “There’s still a lot of work to do. We need to improve the infrastructure, the stadiums, the conditions for broadcasting on TV, indicates the one who has already won the Women’s Champions League twice as a player. The Federation must move forward on a lot of subjects. : training in clubs, youth championships so that they can play in championships which allow them to become hardened at a high level. There are several points like that that we have to work on quickly because otherwise we will quickly be overwhelmed and it would be a shame for French women’s football.”
“There is an emergency, I am ringing the alarm bell”
“If the level of the championship is more homogeneous and that it has progressed lately, we need today to have a strong D1 with as many competitive clubs as possible to allow us to perform at a high level, whether with the clubs on the European scene than in national competitions, continues the former player of the Blue. If we want the France team to go for a title, the international players must play competitive matches every weekend. there’s an emergency, I’m ringing the alarm.”
The thorny issue of training centers
Bompastor also regrets that there is no training center recognized by the State. Lyon does have an academy, but no training center in the legal sense of the term, which prevents it, for example, from recruiting players who do not play in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes league.
“If I take the example of OL, we’ve been ready to have a training center for four or five years. Today, when we have to make decisions, we never succeed. is always pushed back a year. At some point, you have to make decisions that go in favor of the top level. We have developed the base and that’s a good thing. For years, the Federation has developed the mass and the number of licensees, it was important. Now we have to put the package on the high level.”
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