Women’s Football: Tactics and Tackles at the Ladies Bowl

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Tactics and tackles at the Ladies Bowl

Tuesday 08.03.22 | 18:56 | Of Shea Westhoff

Audio: Inforadio | Offside | 06.03.2022 | Matthew Gindorf | Picture: AFVD

It was said that football was too hard for women. Sports for women follow the same logic as for men. Recently, new teams have been formed in Brandenburg and Berlin. The structures are still under construction. The opportunity is therefore good for beginners.

In 2019, Carli Lloyd attracted attention in the sports world. The American football player scored a field goal from 55 yards with a fantastic kick during a high-profile training session with the Philadelphia Eagles men’s football team. There were rumors about whether the double world football player did not have what it takes for the NFL, and there was even talk of a concrete offer [si.com].

“The bun is the most important thing”

A woman and the harsh world of football – which ultimately did not come true, created huge headlines in the meantime. Something was lost in the excitement that football already has its own women’s division, which has long been popular – in the United States as well as in Germany.

“The ball is in play, that’s the most important thing,” said Madleen Wilder, a Beelitz Blue Eagles footballer. Like Lloyd, the brand burger also has a football background, was once a defender in Turbine Potsdam and even won the European Championship with the national team in 2001. “I can not do anything without a ball,” she says. This is a little less in women’s football than in men’s, but the pitch is just as long: 100 yards.

When Wilder, 41, heard that a football department was to be set up in Beelitz, she wanted to try it right away. “I’m very curious, I want to go to my limits – maybe it’s such a sport.” She considers football to be “extremely tactical”, but she says it’s easier to understand when it comes to football.

The opportunity is good for new clubs

In 2016, the club SG Blau-Weiss Beelitz initially opened its men’s football division only. A women’s ward followed in November last year. After being invited via social media, the club has so far been able to secure 17 players, many from football. “The influx is still very good,” coach Julian Krus said. Still, a 17-man roster does not offer enough depth to compete in football’s usual 11-on-11 match. A challenge for several women’s teams. Therefore, there is the so-called 9-man tackle in the second division, ie nine against nine.

So the women’s football structures are still in the early stages, but the opportunity is good for new clubs like the Beelitz Blue Eagles: They start in the second Bundesliga because there are quite a few women’s teams in Germany. With a successful premiere season, the women of Beelitz would already be in the 1st Bundesliga in the season following next. It’s “quite possible,” Krus says, laughing. “You never know.”

The Berlin Kobra Ladies have dominated the upper house of women’s football for years. The women from the capital have so far celebrated twelve championships, most recently five in a row. More than 1,200 fans took part in the final, the so-called “Ladiesbowl”, at Wilmersdorf Stadium. About 50 players are listed with the Cobras, it is the largest squad in women’s football.

Fun through technology and tactics

It was once said that football was too hard for women, reports Marco Meyer, head coach of the Cobras. The sport for women follows the same logic as for men: “In the line you need strength and mass,” he says. “And then there is the handling of the ball, you have to be fast and have a feel for the ball.” When players are new to football, caution and restraint often prevail, he says. But once tactics and technique are added, the fun is added quickly.

Above all, Antonia Wustrau likes the unity of the team. “You have to support each other and trust each other,” says the football player, who is responsible for touchdowns as a wide receiver. “And it gives a lot of team spirit, you push each other.” For her, it’s the perfect balance for her “simple office job,” as she puts it.

However, she has never played a competitive game. She has been active with the Cobras since last year, but due to the corona pandemic, there has not been a mandatory game for two years. Their premiere on the pitch is still waiting, and the new season of the women’s football league starts according to plan for June. “I definitely want to be super excited and still try to bring out the best in myself,” she says.

A mandatory football match in the top league – an experience that even the American world football player Carli Lloyd has not yet been able to book for himself.

The article is made from the material provided by Matthias Gindorf.

Broadcast: Inforadio, 6 March 2022, at

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