Liverpool FC star Megan becomes football agent
A player at Liverpool FC Women, Megan Campbell, is looking to address the chronic shortage of female agents in football. Tony McDonough reports
Liverpool FC Women and Republic of Ireland international defender Megan Campbell is set to become a football agent.
Campbell joined Liverpool in 2021 and helped the team secure promotion back into the Women’s Super League (WSL). Now she is also to become a ‘football intermediary’ with North West law firm Spencer Churchill.
She will act as an agent managing various aspects of players careers, with a real focus on female players. Her aim is to give them the support they need to progress their careers. Megan will also work with other female football groups.
There are currently 6,000 registered football agents with the FA. However only a handful are female. This highlights a huge disparity between men and women in senior leadership roles within football.
Women’s football is starting to get the recognition and exposure it so deserves. However, it still has a long way to go in terms of being on a level playing field with men’s football.
One of the issues facing female football players is agency representation. In recent years, there have been a number of groups looking to change this. These include Women in Football and Women In Sport. Both aim to bridge the gap and provide equal opportunities in sport.
In signing with Spencer Churchill, Campbell is now looking to tackle this disparity head-on. She wants to give female players the option of a male or female agent. She will also be looking to work with a number of women’s sports groups to fly the flag for equality.
Prior to joining Liverpool. Campbell spent five years at Manchester City. She helped the club to a domestic treble, along with several other trophies. In the 2017 FA Cup final she provided two assists in front of a 40,000 crowd at Wembley.
Her international career started at a young age. She helped the Republic of Ireland to the final of the UEFA U17 Women’s Championship, as well as the quarter-finals of the U17 World Cup. At senior level, she now has more than 40 caps to her name.
“As a female player myself, I have witnessed firsthand the significant gap between men’s and women’s football,” said Megan. “I am aware of how much more needs to be done to ensure equal opportunities.
“It’s been so wonderful in recent years to see women’s football gaining more recognition. However, there is such a long way to go and we need to keep the momentum going.”
Headed by chief executive Adam Pope, Spencer Churchill aims to make UK sporting events more accessible. It has a particular focus on high entry sports that favour significant investment.
Mr Pope said: “I have always been a passionate supporter of equality in sport, particularly women’s football. Having two daughters myself, allowing female athletes the same opportunities men resonate with me on a personal level.
“I’m so happy to be working with Megan, who is a phenomenal player in her own right, to really be the catalyst of change. Equality is something that needs to happen, it’s no longer something we can hope for, it’s something we need to actively chase.”