Women’s football has long since abandoned its existence in the shadow of the men’s game. Major events such as the Women’s World Cup have reached and thrilled millions of enthusiastic football fans in Germany alone, an it’s not just the women who are fans.
Sport and football in particular connect over generations and, of course, across the sexes. In a recent statistic, even more men than women expressed the desire for more women’s football in the media. This is an interesting development, because only a few years ago it was mainly men who did not believe that women’s football would appeal to the general public. But it is not only in Germany that women’s football is omnipresent; in other countries, too, the triumphal march is gaining momentum. There is now a clear trend towards more women’s football on TV, online and in the print media throughout Europe. (Source: https://www.bonus.net/)
Women are more successful than men in women’s football in Germany. The results speak for themselves and should convince the last doubter. The German women’s national soccer team is a two-time world champion, eight-times European champion and has won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games, before that, three times bronze even though it was not until 10 November 1982 they even played an international match for the first time.
In the years before, women’s football was officially banned by the DFB following a 1955 decision which was only officially lifted in 1970. Due to these historical circumstances, the women’s matches from 1956 onwards were all unofficial and took place in private stadiums, even though they were played in front of several thousand enthusiastic spectators.
The development since that time is enormous. The quality of the players and training facilities continuously improved. Since the mid 90s, the German national women’s soccer team has achieved several top sporting performances. In retrospect, as in every sport, there were different highs and lows, even several sporting defeats. All in all, it is – especially since 2002 with the two world championship titles in 2003 and 2007 – what has been achieved in women’s football is a brilliant achievement.
Acceptance is rising significantly in both passive and active sports. Women and men are also regarded as equal sports colleagues among the players. So it is not surprising that training is mixed. Women’s teams in football are not only frequently trained by men, but there are also opportunities for mixed training. In many clubs it is possible for women to train with men. Women are usually very ambitious in sport and want to have the same training options, and despite the physical differences, training techniques are similar. The differences in the actual sport hardly exist any more. The German football class is more than equally represented on the pitch in both sexes.
The main wish of all players is to be accepted. That still doesn’t always happen, as one would imagine as an athlete. In interviews, players are asked typical questions, such as whether you are a lesbian because you are pursuing a male sport. Also the subliminal insinuation of some men is that women do not understand the rules. This includes, for example, questioning the offside rule. It must be made clear how absurd this attitude is.