Injuries in female soccer players, are they different to men?

Female soccer is what could be best described as a growth, if not, boom, industry.

According to a report from the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in 2015, there were only 2 female international soccer competitions in 1971, while a total of 512 international matches were played in 2010

In line with these observations, the total number of female soccer players has increased significantly worldwide. In 2000, it was estimated that 22 million females participated in soccer, which increased to 29 million by 2011. This trend indicates a 32% increase in the course of 11 years!

These numbers only account for female soccer players in both youth and senior levels from Europe, the United States, and Canada and do not include female soccer players from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and South American regions.

So, the actual number of female soccer players worldwide is likely far greater.

Along with the increase in female soccer participation, the number of soccer-related injuries has increased. In a 14-year retrospective epidemiological investigation of youth soccer players (2–18 years old) injuries, the absolute number of soccer-related injuries among female athletes significantly increased from 1.14 to 1.63 per 1000.

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical