WE often hear how men’s football is ‘better’ than women’s. In terms of excitement, and by that, I mean fouling, diving and immature behaviour – yes, men’s football is a lot more eventful.

My argument is, women are not given the chance. It goes without saying that male footballers get paid a fortune - I think it is appalling the salary they are on.

Women’s football on the other hand, there is no money in it. Their pay is awful, to the point that even the elite players must have another job to survive.

There is a massive difference in the sport in terms of fairness.

According to the Guardian, women’s English footballer Toni Duggan has spoken out about equality in the sport. She said: “I don’t want to just start with money – we need pitches, facilities. Equality for me is having a pitch to play on and hot showers in the changing rooms, before we talk about the money we get.”

However, as the Women’s World Cup kicked off earlier this month it has raised awareness across the country and proves that in fact, women can kick a ball. Women’s football has never really been watched, not by many spectators anyway. No one has ever cared about it, until now.

After watching the England versus Japan game on Wednesday (June 19), I was impressed with the standard of football being played.

Ultimately, there was less diving, less arguing with the referee, and in general a lot more respect was shown. Nobody faked an injury or even cried after falling over the ball – which I think is often the case in men’s football.

As I am an avid football player myself, I strongly feel there should be more support to women playing football, as believe it or not, us gals can put on a good game.

If England win or lose the Women’s World Cup, just to see women’s football come such a long way will bring pride to the country, which to me is a lot more valuable than a trophy.


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