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Alex Scott named leading game-changer in women’s football as Megan Rapinoe, Steph Houghton and Karren Brady make top 10

, Alex Scott named leading game-changer in women’s football as Megan Rapinoe, Steph Houghton and Karren Brady make top 10

ALEX SCOTT has been named the leading game-changer in women’s football, according to research.

The ex-Arsenal star-turned-pundit appeared alongside other big names such as USA ace Megan Rapinoe and West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady.

Alex Scott has been named the biggest game-changer in women’s football

Alex Scott played for Arsenal and England before going into punditry

England stars Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton also appeared in the top 10, alongside legendary presenter Gabby Logan.

Ellen White, Alex Greenwood, Georgia Stanway and Fran Kirby all made the list for their achievements on the pitch, in the study of 1,500 female football fans.

It also emerged 60 per cent of girls are increasingly interested in playing football, citing teamwork, exercise and a good sense of values as the main benefits.

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A spokesperson for vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen, which is giving 29 girls the chance to be a referee mascot at the Women’s Euros matches, said: “The benefits – and barriers – to girls in football are well documented.

“We wanted to celebrate some of the women who have blazed a trail for aspiring young players to mark an amazing Women’s Euros season.

“Alex Scott is a brilliant and deserving topper of this poll, and she sets a wonderful example to girls around the world making their way in the game.”

The study also found three in 10 of those polled believe women’s football will eventually be viewed equally to the men’s game.

But this isn’t expected to happen for almost eight years.


While 69 per cent believe professional women’s football should receive more attention than it currently does.

However, 64 per cent think the future is bright as there are more female role models in the game now than ever before.

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And the same number wish there had been more high-profile female footballers and pundits when they were children.

It also emerged those polled, via OnePoll, look female role models to be hardworking (45 per cent), have confidence (44 per cent) and be respectful (41 per cent).

Volkswagen’s spokesperson added: “Women’s football is having a real moment, and the Euros are the culmination of that.

“It’s been a fantastic tournament so far, with record attendances for some games including England’s recent match at Old Trafford.

“Hopefully, the game can continue to grow and inspire women and girls for years to come, and we’ll see this list of inspirational icons get bigger and bigger.”

The 40 biggest game-changers in women’s football

1. Alex Scott

2. Georgia Stanway

3. Alex Morgan

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4. Gabby Logan

5. Megan Rapinoe

6. Lucy Bronze

7. Steph Houghton

8. Baroness Karren Brady

9. Ellen White

10. Marta Vieira

11. Hope Powell

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12. Jill Scott

13. Alex Greenwood

14. Karen Carney

15. Casey Stoney

16. Emma Hayes

17. Vivianne Miedema

18. Beth Mead

19. Nikita Parris

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20. Laura Woods

21. Rachel Brown-Finnis

22. Sam Kerr

23. Sue Smith

24. Alexia Putellas

25. Fran Kirby

26. Leah Williamson

27. Laura Bassett

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28. Rebecca Welch

29. Ada Hegerberg

30. Jill Ellis

31. Marina Granovskaia

32. Jacqui Oatley

33. Sian Massey-Ellis

34. Susan Whelan

35. Lieke Martens

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36. Steffi Jones

37. Nadia Nadim

38. Amandine Henry

39. Kim Little

40. Pernille Harder

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