Bristol City Women’s Sophie Baggaley shares her hopes for the women’s game

The FAWSL Players’ Player of the Year Sophie Baggaley has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the women’s game and she has spoken to Football FanCast about how she became a professional, and what she hopes for the women’s game in the future.

She impressed last season at Bristol City, helping them to a sixth-placed finish, but prior to that was part of the Birmingham Ladies squad which made the FA Cup final in 2017.

At only 22 Baggaley’s career has been short but filled with success, and she hasn’t been afraid to move around when necessary in order to pursue her goals.

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Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, she said: “I used to play football in the playground with my friends at lunchtime, then I went and played for my friend’s team and from there I was scouted by a Ladies team, which was Derby, and my first senior team was Birmingham and it went on from there.”

The move to the West Country has brought tremendous individual success for Baggaley, and if she continues her current form she could soon work her way into the England set-up.

However, despite her own achievements she also has an eye on the overall state of the game, and hopes that it continues to grow in the way it has since the end of the World Cup, with West Ham Women vs Tottenham Women drawing a crowd of 24,790, the second-highest attendance in the competition.

Baggaley added: “Hopefully it will progress as much as it has in recent years so hopefully bigger crowds, lots more girls playing the game from when they’re small, more involvement and hopefully the quality gets better and better.”