Alex Scott tops list of trailblazers in women’s football, study finds

Alex Scott has topped a list of leading trailblazers in women's football – which also includes legendary presenter Gabby Logan, and England stars like Steph Houghton.

The 37-year-old pundit, and former Arsenal right-back player, beat other big names such as Baroness Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham FC, to the top of the list.

And Lucy Bronze, Ellen White, Alex Greenwood, Georgia Stanway, and Fran Kirby all made the list for their achievements on the pitch, in the study of 1,500 female football fans.

It also emerged 60% of girls are increasingly interested in playing football – citing teamwork, exercise, and a good sense of values as the main benefits of the game.

A spokesman for vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen, which is giving 29 girls the chance to be a referee mascot at the Women’s Euros matches, said: “The benefits – and barriers – to girls in football are well documented.

“We wanted to celebrate some of the women who have blazed a trail for aspiring young players, to mark an amazing Women’s Euros season.

“Alex Scott is a brilliant and deserving topper of this poll, and she sets a wonderful example to girls around the world making their way in the game.”

The study also found three in ten of those polled believe women’s football will eventually be viewed equally to the men’s game – but this isn’t expected to happen for almost eight years.

And 69% believe professional women’s football should receive more attention than it currently does.

However, almost two-thirds (64%) think the future is bright, as there are more female role models in the game now than ever before.

And the same number wish there had been more high-profile female footballers and pundits when they were children.

It also emerged those polled, via OnePoll, look to female role models to be hardworking (45%), have confidence (44%), and be respectful (41%).

Volkswagen’s spokesman added: “Women’s football is having a real moment, and the Euros are the culmination of that.

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“It’s been a fantastic tournament so far, with record attendances for some games, including England’s recent match at Old Trafford.

“Hopefully, the game can continue to grow and inspire women and girls for years to come, and we’ll see this list of inspirational icons get bigger and bigger.”

THE 40 BIGGEST GAME CHANGERS IN FEMALE FOOTBALL:

  1. Alex Scott
  2. Georgia Stanway
  3. Alex Morgan
  4. Gabby Logan
  5. Megan Rapinoe
  6. Lucy Bronze
  7. Steph Houghton
  8. Baroness Karren Brady
  9. Ellen White
  10. Marta Vieira
  11. Hope Powell
  12. Jill Scott
  13. Alex Greenwood
  14. Karen Carney
  15. Casey Stoney
  16. Emma Hayes
  17. Vivianne Miedema
  18. Beth Mead
  19. Nikita Parris
  20. Laura Woods
  21. Rachel Brown-Finnis
  22. Sam Kerr
  23. Sue Smith
  24. Alexia Putellas
  25. Fran Kirby
  26. Leah Williamson
  27. Laura Bassett
  28. Rebecca Welch
  29. Ada Hegerberg
  30. Jill Ellis
  31. Martina Granovaia
  32. Jacqui Oatley
  33. Sian Massey-Ellis
  34. Susan Whelan
  35. Lieke Martens
  36. Steffi Jones
  37. Nadia Nadim
  38. Amandine Henry
  39. Kim Little
  40. Pernille Harder

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