With Female Football Week being celebrated at Capital Football, I thought it was a good time to write about the injury risk factors female soccer players face. There are a number of risk factors for female soccer players where they are predisposed to a greater risk of injury and, in particular, have a greater risk for knee injuries. The rise and rise of soccer in Australia has been extraordinary in the 21st century.
To date, Australian female numbers ranks 5th in the world for both total registered players and youth players. There are a multitude of reasons – funding from Football Federation Australia (FFA), the success of the Matildas (the national team) where they were unlucky to be bundled out at the quarterfinal stage at the 2015 World Cup as well as the growth of the W-League (the female equivalent of the A-League). To emphasise this last point further, Melbourne City has just completed an undefeated season in their inaugural year. Clearly the powerful City Football Group (owners of Manchester City, New York City and Melbourne City soccer teams) see the benefits of women’s soccer by investing heavily in a star-studded squad for 2015-16.