Beyond Bend It like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer

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Conclusion
“The Future of Football Is Feminine”

Girls’ and women’s soccer has experienced incredible growth around the world over the past couple of decades. In more and more countries, soccer is now seen as a normal and appropriate female activity, particularly at the youth level. At the adult level, there are still difficulties to overcome in some countries with regard to perceptions, support, and funding, but in Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, and the United States, the players have received significant attention and support for major events. So what does the future hold and what will the sport look like for the next generation?

What women ultimately want with soccer (or any activity) is to be treated with respect in the same way that men are. They don’t want to be evaluated differently because of their sex, with qualifications asserting that they are weaker, less adept, or something less than the men who play the game. They want people to discuss their games as they discuss men’s games—discussing great players, certain players they like or dislike—rather than whether they should even play the game, how they should play it, or what they should wear.

FIFA deserves tremendous accolades for their dedicated and consistent efforts to expand opportunities for girls and women to play

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