"It’s an extraordinary result, a great feeling that does good for all of Italian football," said Extraordinary Commissioner Roberto Fabbricini after the final whistle in the match where Italy secured qualification for the Women’s World Cup in France. The Women’s National Team have not been at the tournament in 20 years. "I want to thank Milena Bertolini and all of the girls," continued Fabbricini. "This achievement represents a launchpad for the complete relaunch of women’s football which the FIGC haas been working on incessantly."
The Federation has embraced the task of closing the gap with other nations in women’s football. "It’s a just reward for a fantastic group,’ said CEO Michele Uva who attended the match along with the Extraordinary Commissioner Fabbricini, Vice-President Costacurta and AIAC President Ulivieri. "Extraordinary passion has taken us to France, I’m sure that it will be a catalyst for the development of women’s football."
"This is the best feeling of 2018," added Costacurta.
6,500 fans attended the match. As part of the programme to make 120 years since the foundation of the FIGC, former players from 1968 when the first women’s championship was established along with the national team were celebrated with the delegation head Maura Fabbri.
At half time, Youth and Scholastic Sector President Tisci presented the prizes for the ‘Firenze, la mia città si tinge di azzurro’ competition for local schools.