The women’s soccer quarter finals are taking place today at the Olympics. So far today, the U.S. beat New Zealand to move on to the semi-finals. Team Great Britain will face off against Canada in a match later today.
It seems like everybody in London today is only interested in one thing - their own women's soccer team. The team has been buzzing in London lately, with unexpectedly large crowds for its Olympic events. So far Team GB hasn’t given up a single goal.
This is the first year Britain has ever put together a united women’s soccer team for the Olympics - typically England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each put up separate teams. The sport has an interesting history in the UK – women were banned from 1921-1971 by England’s Football Association. Is this the year that women’s soccer will finally get on the radar in England? KPCC's A Martinez joins Madeleine Brand in studio with more.
Lynne Bateson, British journalist and writer.