The fourth Technical Report to be published by UEFA is based on analysis of the matches played as from the quarter-final stage of the 2017/18 UEFA Women’s Champions League. It was the ninth edition of the competition initially launched as the UEFA Women’s Cup in 2001, when 33 teams took their places on the starting grid. When the curtain rose on the 2017/18 season, the number of participating clubs had risen to 61, reflecting the steady growth of the women’s game since the turn of the century.
The Technical Report provides information, statistics, comment, analysis and debating points which, it is hoped, will offer food for thought to coaches involved in the women’s game, in particular those working at development levels. It is based on the input from a team of experienced coaches who pooled their information and observations at a meeting in Kyiv on the day after the first UEFA Women’s Champions League final to be played in Ukraine. For the ninth and last time, the event was staged two days before the final of the equivalent competition for men. The team of observers comprised Jarmo Matikainen (Finland), Anja Palusevic (Germany), Hope Powell (England) and Monika Staab (Germany) all of them former national team coaches and/or UEFA and FIFA instructors. At the final and the meeting, they were joined by the former national team coach of Italy and Canada, Carolina Morace.
The final was the last to be pegged to the final of the equivalent men’s competition. The event was staged at the Valeriy Lobanovskyi Stadium in Kyiv, two days before Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC took centre-stage in the Ukrainian capital. International player Iya Andrushchak acted as ambassador during the promotional activities which raised the profile of the UEFA Women’s Champions League final.