Chelsea FC Women to play Israel national women's team in friendly

Chelsea Women will play Israel Women in a pre-season friendly match in Tel Aviv in August.


The match,  part of a mutual project between Chelsea FC and the Israeli FA and will be co-sponsored by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the Israel Football Association, will take place at the Ha-Moshava Stadium on August 20 in a celebration of women’s football and to support further development of the sport in Israel.

As part of a busy summer of women’s football, the match will follow the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, helping to create greater visibility and profile for the women’s game while preparing Chelsea Women for the upcoming Super League season.

While in the country, the Chelsea Foundation will be working with a number of charities promoting women’s sports and supporting girls’ grass-roots football.

Chelsea FC chairman Bruce Buck said: ‘We are delighted to be taking the team to Israel this summer to play the Women’s national team. As well as a challenging part of our pre-season, this match will help raise the profile of women’s football.

“Our commitment to women’s football is driven by our owner, Mr. Roman Abramovich, who is passionate about supporting the team and promoting the sport.

“We hope that our visit to Israel will not only be a special moment for our Israeli fans and our players, but also help to grow the game in the country.”

Mr Bruck confirmed that a recent charity game in Boston involving Chelsea’s men’s first team

ising $4 million for the fight against antisemitism.

He went on to say: “Our women’s team have also been heavily involved in our campaign, meeting holocaust survivor Susan Pollock and marking Holocaust Remembrance Day through the #WeRemember campaign. 

‘In addition, the Women have been involved in season-long support for our global charity partner Plan International and have been strong advocates of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign. This match in Israel is another step in Chelsea’s commitment to using the power of football for good causes around the world.”

IFA General Secretary Rotem Kamer described the match as “an excellent opportunity to place the focus on female football, certainly when such a leading team pays a visit”.

Israel’s national women’s team has begun the preparations for the European Championship 2021 qualifiers and the match against Chelsea “will allow us to prepare for top rivals such as Italy and Denmark”.

Mr Kamer said: “The contribution of Chelsea, led by owner Roman Abramovich, to the fight against anti-Semitism and the promotion of equality and tolerance is well known and we see the match as a combined effort in achieving important social goals.

“The audience attending the game is expected to have a unique professional experience and a good opportunity to make a clear statement in favour of women's football.”

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