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Djuna
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The World Cup just started for women's football (soccer) teams in Germany. I'm new to watching women's teams, although there seem to be some interesting differences in how the game is played (like less diving or simulation, although I'm only going off 45 minutes of play so far).

I'm watching England v Mexico as I type this, which is a terrific game so far at 1-1. Monica Ocampo just scored one of the best goals I've seen in football. I definitely think I'm sold on watching this form of the game some more in future. [Smile]

However, I'm a little miffed about how little coverage it's getting. I'm used to every game of the World Cup for men's teams being shown on regular television, but even to watch my own country's women's team I'm having to use my folks' digital TV service or the internet. Also, the BBC coverage of the tournament doesn't seem to have been advertised much at all - for the men's teams they build up a lot of hype in the weeks before the tournament starts.

Also, I'm not super happy about how this is titled the "FIFA Women's World Cup," when the tournament for men's teams is just the "FIFA World Cup." That seems to send the message that the men's game is somehow the "regular" form of the game, with the women's game being "other" or somehow less important. Surely they should both be treated equally? Not to mention that this men's/women's binary excludes people who don't identify in those ways.

Has anyone else been watching? I'm keen to find other people who are following this to talk to. [Smile]

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This is how women's sports are usually (not) broadcast over here in the States, too.

Sigh.

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Thanks for posting about this - I didn't know it was happening. Do you know if there's anywhere online I could watch the two full matches that have already happened?

And you're right about how it's referred to/how hard it is to find. I can't help but feel that a lot more girls/women might get into team sports if it seemed like a field that women could actually be valued in. Sigh.

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Treetops, my guess is that will depend where in Europe you're from, but I'm really not sure. I know that the BBC are only showing England's games and the final, and those will be on digital TV and online. I don't think they normally open up their online video to users in other countries, either, and I don't think they have matches available to watch on demand.

I'm sorry. When I compare that to the coverage the men's world cup got, it's a pretty pathetic effort on the part of the broadcasters.

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I'm in Germany, so there's a lot of coverage going on here right now. But I didn't even realize there was a World Cup going on in 2007, and we were defending champions and won again that year, without getting a single goal against us.

However, the kind of coverage we've been getting is kind of making we wish we had less of it. Just about every single interview with soccer players I've read in the past few weeks has been about whether they like to wear make-up on the field, how they like to dress when they aren't wearing jerseys, etc. Heck, there were Playboy photo shootings going on. It's been really depressing. Here we have a bunch of awesome, awesome women who excel in a tough sport and are great at what they do, and what do they have to do to get anyone to pay attention? Nude pictures.

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Urgh, September, that is depressing. I'm in the UK and have managed to find highlights of the England v Mexico match online, but not much else. :/
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Djuna
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Ugh, I find that really annoying, Joey. Right now as well we have the Wimbledon tennis championships on, and the way commentators start making comments about female players' attractiveness or whether or not they "look good for their age" is pretty darned annoying, especially given that that's never part of commentary on male players' matches.

Too, when I have time I might try to study this one year - I feel like for male players the commentators are more likely to focus on the player himself, while for female players the commentary goes on to their families, relationships, coaches, influences and so on. The implication seems to be that the male players allegedly make themselves actively, while the female players are often described as if they're the passive product of those surrounding them.

(I also think that plenty of the female tennis players are easily fit enough to be capable of switching up to five sets like the male players; quite why we insist that the women's game is shorter I don't know.)

[ 06-28-2011, 08:32 AM: Message edited by: patrickvienna ]

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I haven't had much time to watch the matches, but we had the TV on at work yesterday for the North Korea - USA match, and in the post-game highlights I caught one reporter talking about a player who'd "avoided the ball like a girl", rather than going for it (as a man would have, apparently). Ugh.

The general level of interest just isn't very high for this, though, even here. I remember the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and it seemed like everyone was doing everything in their power to watch every single game. Now, barely anyone I know is paying attention. When we had the TV running yesterday to show the matches, I never noticed more than three people at a time watching, and we had a busy day yesterday.

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