Looking forward to women’s football in 2018

January is the month when what seems like at least half of the Western world decides to forgo the sweets and keep their fingers (and more importantly their lips) off the alcohol in response the holiday season—Christmas and New Year’s especially—when one tends to eat and drink rather a lot. It’s also the season for many people to start thinking about the forthcoming year and making plans for what will happen.

That’s absolutely the case for me and with my passion, namely football, there’s quite a lot to get excited about in the women’s football calendar for 2018. Of course there’s the World Cup, to be held in Russia, this year, but there’s also the Women’s Under-20 World Cup which promises to be a real treat this year as there are quite a handful of fresh young faces out there on the pitch and the tournament is going to be showcasing some of the world’s best talent.

But the World Cup isn’t the only international tournament that we can look forward to in the 2018 world of women’s football. There’s also the AFC Women’s Asia Cup that will be held in Jordan in the first week of April. Hosts Jordan will be playing the Philippines. With this being the 19th tournament it’s beginning to have something of a reputation and is certainly becoming a fixture in the world of football. Not only is it a competition that’s been going on for nearly two decades now, but as Asia is the world’s largest continent, home to well more than half of the planet’s population, it’s also home to some of the world’s best footballers who demonstrate their skill on the pitch at the annual event.

2018 will also be the year that we see Ghana host the Women’s African Cup of Nation tournament. This is shaping up to be rather the event for political reasons as much as sporting ones with politicians having made very controversial remarks recently.

Regardless of whether or not you’re on a break from chocolate and alcohol, January is still the perfect time to plan the year and this year women’s football has more than usual on offer. Enjoy!