Football has too long been considered the reserve of men, but women are now coming into their own. Alex Hopkins talks to Charlotte Gurr of Brighton & Hove Albion FC’s Women’s team
ootball has always been big business. Barely a week goes by without some major headline regarding a multi million-pound transfer, or yet another sacking of a prominent manager after his team has failed to perform. The stakes, it seems, are higher than in any other sport, the level of pressure only rivalled by the joy that legions of fanatical supporters get from seeing their team rise to the heights.
But this of course is the world of men’s football; for female footballers the story is very different. While this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup helped raise the profile of women who play the game, a huge amount of work still needs to be done. The media focus remains for the most part on men, so much so that women who play – and excel – at the sport are left in the shadows. What challenges do female footballer’s face, and how does their experience of the Beautiful Game differ from their male counterparts?
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