Players break down clichés about women’s football: “Our sport is that of the boys 30 years ago”

A few days before the Women’s European Championship, we wanted to do away with the clichés about women’s football. Obviously all gamers will tell you: there are always sexist comments about how a girl is not made to play soccer.

However, we chose three shots that are regularly heard after high-level games.

1.Babysitters are small

Anyone who saw the Champions League final must have seen Amandine Henry’s magnificent goal. In the 5th, his shot landed in the top corner of Sandra Paños, the Barcelona goalkeeper. This goal, spectacular for many, also received other comments, in particular criticism of the goalkeeper’s height (1.69m) who could not have intercepted it anyway, suggesting that it was enough to score from distance and from above to automatically score a goal.

“No, that is not correct. I’ve already seen Justin Odeurs (Editor’s note: Anderlecht goalkeeper) Perform outstanding tap dancing, throw immediately Noémie Gelders. In any case, this is not the instruction required before entering a pitch.

So yes, physically speaking, girls are generally smaller than boys and we obviously don’t have the same standards as men. For comparison, Flames goalie Nicky Evrard is 1.76 meters tall. Far from Thibaut Courtois and his 2 m. “But that doesn’t stop you from playing in the Champions League if you’re under 1.70 metres. I am very inspired by the Real goalkeeper who is the same height as me.”starts Joséphine Delvaux who starts her 4th season in the Super League.

However, at 1.67 meters tall, she has conceded goals with Charleroi this season. “But it’s also a question of the team, says this law student. If a player can score from afar, that’s also because we let her score. With us, we take my height into account. We then play higher and I play a lot with my foot. After that, there are also goalkeepers who are better at ground play.”

Like volleyball and a lower net for women to reduce the size of the goals would that be an idea? “I don’t think that’s the solution.blows the keeper. The dimensions are fixed. If we change then we have to change the field size too, but in that case it wouldn’t be the same sport for me anymore. The advantage is that we don’t (yet?) do any physical selection with the girls.

2.It’s more/too slow

Five years ago, the defeat of the Americas, considered the best team in the world, to the U15 men in Dallas gave critics of women’s football a lot of cookies. If this defeat has since been nuanced and recontextualized, it highlights above all the physical difference that naturally exists between the two sexes. As a result, after a women’s game, some often complain that the game is slow. “We are not in the same physical context, starts Aline Zeler. Women’s football as we know it today is men’s football 30 years ago. There weren’t that many physical monsters on the field, there wasn’t that much walking. It was technical.”

So saying we’re bored in the stands? “If we only refer to the standards of men’s football…blows Josephine Delvaux. If it’s obviously faster for them, we’re more technical and tactical. We play more thoughtfully, we build more. I find it all the more beautiful to look at. Men and women, it’s the same sport, but we may practice it differently.”

3.Girls crack easier

On 23 June, the Red Flames defeated Northern Ireland 4-1 with three late goals. A scenario that the Northern Irish have already experienced in recent weeks, in particular with controversial statements by their coach Kenny Shiels in April: “Girls are more emotional, they react less well.”

A sentence that caused a lot of ink, but which did not prevent the team from supporting their coach. “It’s true for me. We could crack a little easierreacts Noémie Gelders. A footballer can go faster. But you also have to put everything in context. A core A player, he has several years of elite coaching behind him. It doesn’t exist in girls. At 16, when you arrive as a senior, you discover a whole new world.

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