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Asian female footballers roaming on European soil

Asian female footballers roaming on European soil

There are more and more Asian female footballers who have the opportunity to play in the top-flight football environment in Europe as their phenomenal talents got recognised by high-profile clubs.

Recently, the AFC has just promoted activities in honor of International Women’s Day in all Member Associations, prolonging the proud tradition since 2014 as the only confederation to have a separate day to celebrate women’s contribution to the “beautiful game”.

India is one of the most active countries in celebrating the special day dedicating for the beautiful half of the world with numerous festivals and activities with the participation of the All India Football Federation.

The AFC’s determination in developing women’s football has resulted in the uprise of Asian female football talents all over Asia and open their way to the promised land of Europe.

The first ever Asian female footballer to play in Europe was Korea international Ji So-yun, who made the big move to FA Women’s Super League giants Chelsea Women in 2014.

Asian female footballers roaming on European soil

Her skills, composure to orchestrate the game have mesmerized the English supporters since then and brought her the PFA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year award in her first season and a spot in the PFA Team of the Year almost every occasion.

She is still on a stellar form this year, with which she has scored 7 goals, the second best in the team, and has always performed as a key player in Chelsea Women’s build-up.

The move of Ji So-yun to Europe has led the way for other Asian talents to thrive in the Old Continent. Recently, Australia international Sam Kerr joined Ji So-yun at Chelsea Women and has had one goal to her name since her arrival in December, 2019.

Previously, Ngangom Bala Devi made a landmark when she became the first Indian woman to play football professionally in Europe with the signing with Scottish giants Rangers Women early on in 2020.

These high-profile names have become role models in their own country and contributed greatly to the general development of women’s football in Asia.