Girls Can Enjoy Football Too!
The World Cup is in full action and football frenzy is taking over nations around the world, as individuals cheer on their home nations in the Russian based matches. However, there has long been a stigma surrounding women and football. People tend to associate the beautiful game with men and masculinity, but this is entirely a social construct. We’re here to prove that girls can enjoy football too! If you want to get more involved with the game, but have felt reluctant before, here are a few things that you can do!
Perhaps one of the best and most low pressure ways to get involved with football is to watch it. There are various opportunities to do this, so no matter where you are located or what your budget is, there should be something to suit you down to a tee. The first and perhaps easiest way to watch football is through the television. There’s no better time than the present to get involved with football on this level, as the FIFA World Cup is on and there a multiple matches being aired every single day. By watching World Cup matches, you can familiarise yourself with the cream of the football crop from around the entire world. Commentators tend to be a lot more inclusive too, as they know increased numbers of people who may be unfamiliar with the sport are tuning in alongside the committed fans.
Trying It Out Yourself
Now, if you’re less of a spectator and want to get involved with the sport yourself, or fancy getting one of your kids into the sport, you should do just that! There are all sorts of clubs and events going on across the country, so you just need to conduct a little research to find out when different groups meet and what days and times they choose to train. Take a look at timetables like those at calendars and timetables like those located at http://www.expressfcsocceracademy.com/calendar.html. Most venues offer indoor and outdoor training, making sure there is a suitable location throughout the year. You don’t usually need much to get involved. A loose fitting top, shorts, shin pads covered with long socks, and a comfortable pair of trainers will generally suffice for indoor football. For outdoor football, you may need to invest in some football boots, but check with the club whether the grass is real or astroturf before investing. Different types of boot are required for each type of surface.
Now, it’s easy to dabble in watching and playing football without knowing the rules and etiquette to an in-depth degree. But as time progresses and your interest expands, you’re likely to want to pick up on more and more information. The best way to achieve a deeper understanding? Researching online. A quick search will throw up all sorts of information on football based jargon like the “offside rule”, “possession”, and “stepovers”.
Football really is an engaging sport, so don’t let societal norms put you off from engaging with it if it does interest you!