Olympique Lyonnais coach Sonia Bompaster attacked the FFF about the development of women’s football. In an interview with The Indian Paper, the former Les Blues player believes that a lot of work still needs to be done to allow France to reach the top level.
Sonia Bompaster clearly had a message to convey. Four days before the Women’s Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyonnais (7 pm on Saturday), the coach of the Rhne team gave an interview to The Indian Paper in which he is concerned about the delay by French women’s football in its development. to reach the top level.
“Where we need to wake up is at the federation level. I was in the match between Barcelona and Atletico this weekend and there is a real cultural difference. On that, we’ve still got a lot of work to do. We need to improve the infrastructure, the stadiums, the conditions for broadcasting on TV, it indicates having won the Women’s Champions League twice as a player. The federation should move forward on a lot of subjects. Training in clubs, youth championships so that they can play in championships which allows them to harden at a higher level. There are a lot of points that we have to work on quickly because otherwise we would quickly get overwhelmed and that would be a shame for French women’s football. ,
“It’s an emergency, I’m ringing the alarm bell”
“If the level of the championship is more homogeneous and it has progressed recently, we need a stronger D1 today with more and more competitive clubs that allow us to perform at a higher level, regardless of the clubs on the European scene. be together. Compared to national competitions, continued the former player of Blue. If we want the French team to go to a title, international players must play competitive matches every weekend. There is an emergency, I alarm I’m playing.”
The thorny issue of training centers
Bompaster also regrets that there is no training center recognized by the state. Lyon has an academy but no training center in the legal sense of the word, which prevents, for example, from recruiting players who do not play in the Auvergne-Rhne-Alpes league.
“If I take the example of OL, we are ready for a training center for four or five years. Today, when we have to make decisions, we are never successful. Always pushed back a year At some point, you have to make decisions that go in favor of the top level. We’ve developed the base and that’s a good thing. Over the years, the federation has grown in mass and the number of licensees, it was important. Now we have to package Have to put it at a higher level.”