What a man can do a woman can do better and women are doing great things in the world of football. Unfortunately female sports events are not given much coverage. That is why most people can easily recall the likes of Messi or Ronaldo but not female footballers.
Carli Lloyd is one of the top-class United States soccer players. She plays as a midfielder in US Women’s national team and for Houston Dash. The two-time Olympic gold medalist has scored winnings goals in the finals of both 2008 and 2012 summer Olympics. She has played active role to collect bronze in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and silver at 2011 FIFA women’s world cup.
Dzsenifer Marozsán is a young German footballer plays for 1. FFC Frankfurt. She is the youngest ever player to play in the Bundeslega at the age of 14 years and 7 months. She is also Bundesliga’s youngest goal scorer at 15 years and 4 months. She made her debut for the German National Team on 28 October 2010. Now she is an integral part of German women soccer team. Playing as a midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsán is one of the current best female footballers in the world.
When you go to the United States, the word football refers to another type of sport which can be termed as a hybrid rugby. All in all let us call it American football. Women are trying to be recognized in the game too.
“Dr. Welter is an amazing athlete who has proven herself to be amongst the top female tackle-football players in the world and we are excited to bring her into training camp” said Revolution general manager and former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown in a statement released by the team before the game. “Though she may be considered a long shot to make the final roster, this event will showcase her talent as a female athlete.”
But after the game, Welter said she would like to continue playing.
“I’m an athlete, I’m competitive,” she said. “But the bigger thing for me is obviously for little girls to see they can do everything just like little boys can.”
It is sad to note that women are not paid as well as their male counterparts. One wonders why but there are apologetics who believe that what women get is fair and they have reasons that they believe justify their school of thought.
This brings me to an important question: What separates men’s sports and women’s?
There’s one big difference — revenue. Female soccer players are paid less because their sport makes less. According to the Wall Street Journal, there was $17 million in sponsor revenue for this year’s women’s World Cup compared to $529 million for the 2014 men’s tournament. America’s winning women earned a larger share, about 11%, of the money their tournament made this year from sponsors than the victorious German team, who got just 6.6% of the sponsor revenue from last year’s men’s World Cup as their prize.
The lack of attendance and sponsorships contribute to a chicken-or-the-egg problem when it comes to getting women’s sports up off the ground.
“Absent deep-pocketed investors who can commit for several years, women’s professional teams and leagues find themselves scrambling to survive almost from the moment they launch,” Shira Springer writes in the Boston Globe.