Women's football is not just about money, Jones insists
UEFA Women’s Champions League ambassador Steffi Jones has told A Different League that she believes that the women’s game is focused on enjoyment and becoming a national team player instead of earning money.
During her playing career, Jones won 111 caps for Germany and won three European titles and now operates as an ambassador promoting the women’s game. Jones has helped the game to come on leaps and bounds, but there is still a severe lack of finances and coverage surrounding women’s football.
It is wondered that if big investors contribute to clubs and the game, women’s football will be able to make gigantic leaps to draw level with the men’s game. Jones disagrees and believes that there has already been huge progression from when she started out as a footballer. The 39 year old highlighted the significant change in income for the winners of tonight’s Champions League final and believes that women’s football is coming on leaps and bounds without huge investment.
“For a year or two, these people can build up a team, win a title and then move on again. That’s not what we want. We have UEFA building up for every association, structure, league and women’s football has developed. For the Champions League winners, they get 250,000 Euros. That’s a lot of money, so you can see how it has progressed from the past. Women’s football is not about the money; it’s about being a national team player or enjoying it”, Jones said.
Jones was talking at a Google+ Hangout at the UEFA Champions Festival in Munich.
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