“Art Frauen-DFL” instead of DFB-Dach?: The women’s football revolution driving Rummenigge

“Women’s art DFL” instead of the DFB roof?
The women’s football revolution made Rummenigge

Unlike the men’s Bundesliga, the women’s Bundesliga is under the umbrella of the German Football Association. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists that this should be changed in terms of professionalism. The advice of the former CEO of FC Bayern is not new – but has received new fire.

How did women’s soccer in Germany become professional and relevant? Recently Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has become more concerned about this question. After the hype in the European Cup in England, the former CEO of FC Bayern long hopes that the development will progress in Germany.

Now he is bringing up the idea of ​​spinning off the women’s Bundesliga from the German Football Association again. “Just like what happened in men’s football, the women’s Bundesliga should also consider that it may not establish a type of women’s DFL. Men’s football developed sustainably in terms of quality when it separated from the DFB in the direction of independence,” said. Rummenigge has “Münchner Merkur” and “tz”.

This suggestion is not new, he himself already did it in April 2021. At that time, he referred to women’s football as a “stepchild”. “And it’s high time to take care of it as it deserves. We have to develop women’s football more sustainably than possible at the DFB in recent years,” he said at the time.

The association has submitted an application

The Football Association of the Rhineland (FVR) even submitted a request for a spin-off last year. The independent league should resist the interest of the audience, which has weakened over the years, according to the application. Theo Zwanziger, former president of the DFB, who is an honorary president with voting rights in the FVR board, said: “We want to throw a stone in the water. The top women’s league needs “an outside view of a large, shadowy area. It will be incredibly important in society and only possible with a clear profile.”

But the application left the table before the meeting of the DFB Bundestag. The clubs agreed in January to instead strive for “sustainable professionalism for their leagues under the umbrella of the DFB”.

But Rummenigge once again emphasized the advantages of sharing: this would be “a way for women to be able to be independent to a certain extent, after all, for well-known reasons, associations are always very slow and very difficult to make decisions. Should think about that.”

The former national team player also received the support of Bayern’s president Herbert Hainer. “Men’s football has shown that turning into an independent game operation makes sense and that you can achieve a lot with such a decision: the Bundesliga has become more professional and more interesting, so it can be an option,” he said in “. Merkur” and “tz”.

Criticism of “macho sports”

According to Rummenigge, “You only need to look at the island of England, what I have in mind is being implemented there. The women’s league was established, which forced the men’s teams from the Premier League, who. are responsible for large revenues, also have women’s teams that they must invest and develop sustainably.”

Recently, he made the same request from the German club in “Süddeutsche Zeitung”: he would like “if the Bundesliga invests more in women’s football. The big clubs will be obliged to build teams, because only the big names move.” The success of the European champions “shouldn’t just be a fluke,” said Rummenigge. “It is irrelevant that macho football is investing in women’s football.”

It is not a coincidence, he emphasized, “The European champion came from England this year. The same is happening in Spain and Italy.” Life for the German team “doesn’t get any easier that way”.

Women’s Bundesliga began in 1990 – at that time in two seasons of ten teams each. 12 teams currently play in the first division and 14 teams in the second division. Many players still have to work outside of football to earn enough money to live. Recently, professionalism has come back into focus. Players such as Bayern captain Lina Magull are campaigning for a basic salary.

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