Football came only seventh in a list of sports that fathers wanted their seven to 11-year-old girls to play in research carried out by the Football Association following the launch of its “We Can Play”.
The survey also found a quarter of dads believed other sports were “better suited” for their daughters and just over 20% said football is a “man’s game”.
Research also found that almost half of girls aged between seven and 11 didn’t believe football is for them while one in four stopped played because of peer pressure.
England’s most capped player Rachel Yankey – who made 129 appearances for her country, four more than the men’s record-holder Peter Shilton – says more needs to be done to change attitudes.
“It is disappointing to think that there might be dads that are not taking their girls to go and play football because they don’t see it as maybe a more feminine sport or something that girls should do,” Yankey told Sky Sports News HQ.