Gender equality. It sounds like a two-word joke, right? In this wonderful world and country we live in, where opportunities are limitless and anyone can strive to be anything, gender equality exists only as a joke. This is no truer in any field than in football.
Women's football existed in the shadows until last year, when the England's Women team finished third in the World Cup - excuse me, Women's World Cup.
Is it right in the first instance that we have separate men's and women's teams? Will we reach a point in the future where historians are looking back and saying, 'I can't believe women had to play in their own league'.
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Obviously the logistics of such a thing happening is completely alien to us and would open several fairly big questions if it were talked about taking place now. However, if it had always been the case, these questions would not need asking.
Football is such a male-dominated sport now that females would be at risk in joining men's teams - risk of that sexist 'banter' and a host of other things besides.
Time to change
It is shocking that even in the women's side of the game - the managers, referees, basically everyone but the players, are men. And, in the men's game, there are so few females that I could list them within this article.
Is it too much to ask for a female coach at least?
It was, of course, only recently that we started getting managers of a different skin colour. So I guess maybe it is too much to ask. The FA can preach all they want about gender equality, but there is no proof whatsoever that it actually exists.
I cannot round off this article without talking about FIFA 16, of course. Women's football has finally made it onto a computer game. What a big deal it is too. Although only 12 teams feature, and no club teams...but the potential is there. Maybe one day soon we'll see women respected a little more.
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