The Women’s European Cup which took place in England last July confirmed that women’s football was no longer a passing fad: excellent television ratings, full pitches and a level of play which surprised viewers not regular – for good.
And precisely because women’s football is no longer a fad, we journalists should think about how we refer to football when women and not men play it.
the look changesand it’s a look that continues to be tinged with a certain condescension, as if women’s soccer is just a hobby, as opposed to the men’s, which is a multi-million dollar industry.
This condescension is noticeable when after the final, for example, we journalists say that ‘they won everything’ (in reality, England won; you wouldn’t say ‘they all won’ when Italy were proclaimed champions of the same tournament, on the same stage, on the men’s side), or even when after the elimination of Spain, the press has only highlighted the virtues of the selection.
There were many, and they had to be valued, but it is also practical to analyze shortcomings or errors when a team is eliminated, as usually happens in men’s football.
Something similar happened when Barça lost the Champions League final against Lyon: only congratulations were written, before and after the match, in a “good” atmosphere which, in the short term, is fair and necessary, but in the long run it would be nice. be replaced by a more rational approach. In fact, it was the players themselves who took advantage of the defeat in the final to point out that the Women’s League lacks competitiveness.
In a nutshell, maybe we should start treating women’s football with the same lens as men’s football. With less benevolence and with more normality. I’m sure the players will appreciate it: they can start talking about football like their male teammates do, without having to justify the rise of women’s football or attendance at stadiums for each answer (which will soon no longer be in the news, and that will be good news).
Of course, the protagonists of women’s football will begin to feel truly valued when we journalists treat them with the same high standards and the same criticisms as their peers: there will be clashes, criticisms and unease, but there will also be praise and applause. Exactly the same as in the male. Full normal.
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