KATARINA JAZBEC

 

Women Football

“Despite being more popular than some men’s football events (one match saw a 53,000 strong crowd), women’s football in England suffered a blow in 1921 when The Football Association outlawed the playing of the game on Association members’ pitches, on the grounds that the game as played by women was distasteful. ”

Grainey, Timothy F. (2012). Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women’s Soccer. 

In the summer of 2010 I accompanied players of the Women Football Club Krka during their preparations for the Euroleague qualifications. I am not a big fan of football. But that summer I fell for it because of these girls’ passion for the game. Besides, they were so open to me from the moment I met them on. They let me hang out with them, watching their trainings, let me in the dressroom. They wore a certain kind of pride that I hadn’t seen before. These girls were simply cool for what they were, playing football, making a great team. I feel sad whenever I hear people talking offensively of women footballers. I wish they could have spent a day with these girls.

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