The number of licensed women playing basketball in France under the governance of the French Basketball Federation has risen from 118,000 in 2007 to 128,00 in 2013.
This growth of just over 9 percent is an indication of how popular the sport has become in France.
The number of women playing professional basketball in France has risen by more than 30% since 2007. By this wbbif are talking about the number of players that receive any type of compensation for representing a club.
The Ligue féminine de basketball (LFB) is the top division and today the 140 professional basketball players in this division are stars because they have reached the ultimate goal.
Yet some players in LF2 and NF1 (Division 3) earn more than the ones playing in the elite. Furthermore clubs in NF2 (Division 4) also recruit full time players from all over the world.
During the 2007-2008 season we ran a series of audio interviews with foreign players about playing basketball in France under the title of women basketball players.
We have since updated this series with video interviews with French and foreign players on the challenges they face playing professional basketball.
From October 2013 the series has moved to: Professional Basketball more options in women's sport
29 September 2013: Taelor Karr: her first experience in Europe (video)
05 February 2013: Balance basketball activities and Police: Aline Fischbach from the class of 89 (audio)
02 February 2013: Basketball and studying in harmony with Célia Mauler (video)
02 February 2013: Basketball and studying is a challenge for the talented Awa Sissoko (video)
27 January 2013: One on one with Sheana Mosch (video)
Women playing basketball in France 2009-2010
22 January 2010: Video interview with Temeka Johnson
Interviews and pictures from the players of the LFB 2008-2009
04 October 2008: Read about and listen to the audio interwiew Jenne O’Hea, Jolene Anderson, Michele Van Gorp, Kaela Chapdelaine and Nyree Roberts.
"Women basketball players" series 2007-2008
You can listen to the audio comments from our women basketball players series from the 2007-2008 season.
Some of the players interviewed have since left France while others have changed clubs within the LFB or even retired.
Picture credits: womensbasketball-in-france.com
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