And this achievement is thanks to three basic key points.
One of them is international success, both with the age-group squads and with the senior team. It was very important to get to the World Cup in Canada in 2015, and to the Euros for the second time in 2017. In junior age groups, we’ve been European champions and runners-up, and getting good results at World Cups.
And then there are the clubs that are really backing women’s football and putting them on a professional footing. There are a few clubs doing it.
And, finally, visibility. Thanks to the work of sponsors and a lot of other people, televised matches bring football right up close to girls. Contrary to what used to happen, they now have role models.
Together, these three key points are the basis for development.
“When we’re selecting any age-group squads, the players with technical and tactical abilities take precedence”
Meanwhile, in the national team, we’ve been working for years on the same game philosophy. There are players in the senior side who have been with me since I was in charge of the Under-17 team. That’s years and years of hearing about the same type of game.
This way, I don’t have to start from scratch each time around. They already know. We’re on version 10.7 of our model now.
That’s all the work we’ve carried out so far because here, contrary to what happens in the clubs, we don’t have much time. Each camp consists of three training sessions, and then you play a match. It’s all about making the national team work as a team.
It was hard to start off with, but we settled on this idea knowing that it would work.
It’s attacking football. We like to be on the offensive. We also like to have the ball, but without leaving out the option of playing on the counter.
When we’re selecting any age-group squads, the players with technical and tactical abilities take precedence, well above the physical side. We don’t choose players for their weight and height. Nor for the number of kilometres they run. That will come in due course.