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THE WOMEN’S GAME IS COMING ON

By Pete Moore On June 23rd, 2019

So there I was, pottering around in the kitchen, the Women’s World Cup on the box. I know, never a greater irony. England beat Cameroon 3-0, by the way.

I’d just like to say that Cameroon were a thoroughly nasty bunch of fouling, elbowing, spitting, ref-shoving, petulant, crying bad sports.

Which just goes to show that the women’s game is catching up with the men’s.

21 Responses to “THE WOMEN’S GAME IS COMING ON”

  1. I don’t have a link, but I read where the US Woman’s team is saying that they’re underpaid as compared to the Men’s team. But it turns out that the men get 9% of the ticket sales as compared to 13% for the women. They make less money, of course, because ticket sales are not comparable.

    Another example of being given equal opportunity and wanting equal results.

  2. This tournament is not a big topic of conversation among Sports fans

    I will occasionally listen to WFAN, the big call in sports radio station here, And the callers Never Bring it up

  3. Back in Blighty the Cricket World Cup is attracting much more attention. Today Pakistan knocked out South Africa, and yesterday Afghanistan came very close to beating India.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/48738752

  4. The GAA and golf dominate sport coverage here this time of year.

    The women’s world cup is seen as a novelty.

  5. It’s funny, some big media ( NY Times, BBC ) treat this as a major world sporting event, but it’s just not. Not for male sports fans, not for female sports fans ( of which there are of course many ).

  6. Agreed.

    Often it is geography based – e.g. many countries including my own have only a passing interest in the cricket world cup…but there are probably a billion or so others who are glued to it. Same with the rugby world cup etc.

    The women’s world cup just doesn’t have that.

  7. I think ye are all being too harsh.

    Not the 9 o’clock news were years ahead of their time…

    WARNING NSFW, you may need to skip an ad and you’ll need to sign in to prove you’re OLD

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5CH5eHNpTc

  8. It’s funny, some big media ( NY Times, BBC ) treat this as a major world sporting event, but it’s just not.

    It’s politics. Football is another bastion of the patriarchy, so it must be feminised. That’s why the BBC seems to spend half the Telly Tax income on promoting women’s football.

  9. Football is another bastion of the patriarchy, so it must be feminised

    Spot on, Pete.
    It’s also the reason why you see this nonsense on Google’s frontpage (and Gillette etc). Remember, the State will not suffer any real competitors to its power, so the larger a company gets, the more it will be either bribed or blackmailed into towing the State line.

  10. My god what a display of weak and threatened masculinity we see on this thread.

  11. How so?

    I don’t know about over there, but here I see minimal interest among the sports fans and general public, while segments of the press are presenting it as if it were the World Cup, World Series, Super Bowl, NBA finals, Stanley Cup, Ashes, Ali-Frazier boxing match, and Kentucky Derby all in one.

  12. Phantom

    That is ridiculous. The women’s World Cup still receives nothing like the degree of publicity , fevered anticipation and media attention that accompanies the men’s World Cup tournament, which turns into a national frenzy over here if England even get a sniff at the quarter finals. The negative comments here however are simply an expression of “ This is a mans game and women shouldn’t be playing it “. I don’t have any interest in it but I have no problem with the tournament and the coverage it is getting but there is no doubt the hostility is purely a drug comfort in seeing women doing a “ Man’s thing “.

  13. Colm,
    //My god what a display of weak and threatened masculinity we see on this thread.//

    Well said Colm.

  14. I agree with Colm. It isn’t my thing. There are some sports that aren’t. But I don’t complain about media coverage of the sports that aren’t my thing. I could give a toss about Cricket yet it seems to be plastered all over the TV at the moment. I don’t complain about it. Those complaining seem to be protesting a little too much, suggesting they aren’t actually bothered by the lack of support for women’s soccer but are bothered that there are attempts to build support for it.

    For a sporting event that no one seems to care about this is now at least the second or third time it has been mentioned on ATW in recent weeks.

  15. *couldn’t give a toss

  16. You guys are complaining about the complaining far more than the complainers are.

    It’s OK to comment on the foibles and agendas of the media.

  17. You guys are complaining about the complaining far more than the complainers are complaining.

    It’s OK to comment on the foibles and agendas of the media.

    Stop complaining!


    but are bothered that there are attempts to build support for it.

    Why should the media attempt to build support for it? What is the point?

  18. “Why should the media attempt to build support for it? What is the point?”

    Why shouldn’t they?

  19. I’ve found myself becoming quite enthusiastic about the WWC, and now watch all the main games. One mistake is to compare it to men’s football.

    The play is faster, more spontaneous and full of action and suprises. They seem to play with more passion. (yes, I can predict all the jokes here too). Corners often actually lead to goals, and basically you never know what to expect as the ball goes from attack to counterattack all through the match.

    It’s a long way from men’s international football where the ball often doesn’t cross the mid line for the first 5 minutes, followed by 90 mins of generally cautious, defensive and totally boring play.
    The ladies’ game is much more exciting to watch.

    The video is, however, consulted far too much, and penalties awarded too quickly.

    The USA team is really good, but only moved forward against Spain yesterday due to an unfair penalty.

  20. “One mistake is to compare it to men’s football.”

    Meaning of course to expect more or less the same standard and style of play.

  21. It’s politics. Football is another bastion of the patriarchy, so it must be feminised.

    What a display of weak and threatened masculinity indeed. Come to think of it, I’d like to see some of the complainers here getting feminised by going three rounds with Katie Taylor.