Football Has No Gender
Nowadays, an increasing number of women are taking up football (soccer), but our society needs a positive mindset to overcome the sex discrimination in this sport.
Recently, the Spanish U-17 women’s football team won a World Cup, but it was a shame that, unlike the men’s match, it wasn’t broadcast during prime time. This would have allowed it to be viewed by football fans of all ages, encouraging the vast majority of people to grow to like it as much as they like the men’s football.
When it comes to talking about sexism in this sport, we must begin with the training schedule that is given to sportswomen. The sport’s governing body should take their age into consideration, but this is not what is happening for the time being. As a result, the youngest girls under fourteen are playing very late in the evening.
I have twins and they both train on the same football pitch. As far as the schedule is concerned, the boys play at a reasonable time, from 5pm-7pm, however the girls play from 7pm onwards. In fact, all the female teams are only allowed to use all the facilities and train from that hour up to 10pm, regardless of the increasing number of players every year.
To make matters worse, every Monday in the newspaper I can only find my son’s results from the leagues and competitions. This saddens me to see how unfair it is for all the girls to go unnoticed after having played hard and it is by no means the way a developed society must behave.
Last but not least, there is a great gender pay gap, even though women’s team achievements are sometimes higher than men’s. It is common knowledge that football is a male-dominated sport, but sportsmen and women have to combine a career in sport with their lives and it requires a great amount of dedication, all of which takes some doing. That is why men and women should be paid equally.
In conclusion, we cannot turn a blind eye to wage discrimination in women’s football and other aspects such as television ratings and training schedules. Society must fight for the same rights between all players and this fight should start at an early stage at school, encouraging all the students to support the girls who want to play football. In the long run, injustice in our midst is something we shouldn’t support.
Sandra de la Puente Vázquez
Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Molina de Segura