Sepp Blatter is a chauvinist pig, which is why he turned the entire discussion about women’s football into a sexual one. “Let a woman playtheir way,” he said, “Let them play in an attractive manner. When they are using their personal and genetic qualities, which are elegantand dancing – then we will have a wonderful World Cup.”
Blatter, the former president of the “World Society of Friends of Suspenders“, was also once quoted as saying that female players need to play in tighter clothes so that they can show more of their bodies. What a douche.
Athletes should’t be bothered about being attractive to the other sex. It comes naturally to them, because usually they are fitter than the average man or woman, hence more attractive. However, women’s football shouldn’t focus on how the players look but on how they play. After years of watching women’s football, I came to the conclusion that the game needs to be helped by its own rules and regulations to be more attractive to the viewers.
There is no argument about the fact that an average man is taller, heavier and faster than an average woman. Men are over 30% stronger than women, especially in the upper body.
Men have larger hearts and lungs, and their higher levels oftestosterone cause them to produce greater amounts of red blood cells. Differences in intake and delivery of oxygen translate into some aspects of performance: when an average man is jogging at about 50% of his capacity, the average woman will need to work at over 70% of her capacity to keep up with him.
Females simply do not have the strength or endurance of men.
Women have a lot of mental advantages over men, as you can hear in Dr. Helen Fisher’s wonderful lecture here.
And to my point: The football authorities should consider changing the women’s game to better fit the female body and its abilities.
A smaller pitch could be a good start women just can’t run as fast or as much as men on the football field. Therefore, downsizing the pitch will help them show their speed and skills better, and also prevent injuries. The goal should also be smaller. A lot of goals are scored because the female goalie just isn’t tall enough to reach the kicked ball. It’s embarrassing at times.
Maybe the games themselves need to be shorter than 90 minutes and theball smaller and lighter to allow women better control of it.
Making the game physically easier to women would bring the rule of relativity to kick in. Smaller pitches would make the ladies appear moreÂ mobile and faster in the eyes of the viewers; smaller goals will make the goalies look more capable, and lighter balls will allow women to show their skills better.
Make football fit the women’s body better then you’ll see their real class.