One of the joys of covering Roma's women team since its inception in the summer of 2018 has been tracking the growth of this project. From that initial summer when, quite frankly, we had no idea Roma was joining Serie A Femminile to our awkward preview of their first match—when we really only had a trace understanding of the team, the players, and the league—to the 2019 signings of World Cup heroes Manuela Giugliano and Andressa to the club's 2021 Coppa Italia conquest, the Giallorosse have exhibited tremendous growth on and off the pitch over the past three years.
And that progress hasn't gone unnoticed in the broader world of women's football. Yesterday the club announced they will be participating in the AMOS Women's French Cup, a pre-season exhibition slated for early August in Toulouse, France:
— AS Roma Women (@ASRomaWomen) June 29, 2021
We are delighted to be participating in the @WomensFrenchCup this summer!
The Women's French Cup, which was first held in the summer of 2017, will take place in Toulouse between August 4th and 6th. Roma, who is the first-ever Italian team invited to the competition, will be joined by some pretty illustrious company, including Bayern Munich, the reigning German champions and Champions League semifinalists, PSG, last season's French champions, and Lyon, the seven-time Champions League winners and arguably the greatest European club in the history of women's football.
Needless to say, Roma being selected for this competition is a pretty big deal. Following their Coppa Italia title and a summer transfer season that is shaping up to be pretty substantial, this invite speaks to Roma's growing presence in women's football and should prime the Giallorosse for a season in which the expectations will be sky-high.
We'll fold our coverage of this tournament into our season previews in early August, so keep an eye out for that!