Too many female columnists perpetuate the long outdated myth that football is just one of the irritating things men do. Women love sport, especially football, just as much as men. They are much more interested in keeping fit than their male counterparts, if the plethora of female joggers who pound the country lanes near me is anything to go by.
Football is the fastest growing female sport in Britain, if not the world. With its premium on balance and flexibility it is eminently suited to the female physiology and, like men’s football, size doesn’t matter.
I have long held these views but having now seen women’s football at the highest level I have been struck by the vision, technique and professionalism in the best sense of the word. Yet the majority of these ladies are paid peanuts compared to male footballers and female tennis players.
Women footballers, like the men, have to play 90 minutes plus extra time if necessary whereas women tennis players get the same prize money as men though they only ever play up to three sets. Come to think, though, who would want to listen to Maria Sharapova screaming for four hours or more?
THE state of women’s football is sad; women’s golf is sad; women’s cricket is successful enough but it’s still sad. Tennis ? Well they do have mixed doubles, but why not mixed singles? Serena Williams versus Andy Murray? Now that might be worth watching.