This report has been based on analysis by experienced technical observers at the matches played from the quarter-final stage through to the showcase final in Berlin, where the entire technical team met to compare notes. The observers were Hesterine de Reus (Netherlands), Elisabeth Loisel (France), Anne Noë (Belgium), Anja Palusevic (Germany), Hope Powell (England), Anna Signeul (Sweden) and Béatrice von Siebenthal (Switzerland), with assistance at one match from Mirel Albon (Romania) and, at the final in Berlin, Vanessa Martínez Lagunas (Mexico/United States). All but one have extensive experience as national-team coaches and all are UEFA (and FIFA) instructors.
The objective of the Technical Report is to offer comment, analysis and debating points which, it is hoped, will give technicians food for thought and, by focusing on the clubs involved in the high-profile knockout rounds of the competition, contribute to the continued improvement of women's football by providing coaches who are active in the development levels of the game with information that may be helpful in terms of working on the qualities which will be needed by the players and coaches who will play leading roles in shaping the UEFA Women's Champions League of the future.
In terms of promoting the competition and women's football in general, the 2014/15 edition represented a departure from the recent norm in that the final was not staged two days prior to the men's UEFA Champions League final. The need to stage the two finals 23 days apart was derived from a clash of dates, with the men's final scheduled to be played in Berlin on Saturday 6 June – the day when the FIFA Women's World Cup kicked-off in Canada. The tradition of playing both finals in the same city was, however, respected. The Cup Handover ceremonies were also merged as a single event at the end of April 2015, with the men's and women's trophies subsequently displayed together at the Rotes Rathaus in Berlin. Steffi Jones, capped 111 times by Germany and announced as successor to national team coach Silvia Neid as from 2016, acted as Ambassador for the UEFA Women's Champions League final, shortly after teaming up with Camille Abily, Lotta Schelin, Laura Georges and Verónica Boquete as ambassadors for the promotion of the female game via the UEFA Women's Football Development Programme.
Hesterine de Reus