Indian Women Football Can be The Next Big Thing

June 14, 2017

Indian Women Football can be The Next Big Thing

It all started with one of the numerous debates that my teenage son and seven year old daughter had this morning. She was miffed that he told her that she could not kick the football as well as he did. Her grouse was not about the sexist attitude in the remark but more toward the age factor.

But that set me thinking. Are women not playing football due to similar reasons or is it something else? Has anyone actually said that a woman is not capable of playing good quality?

In March 2017, Brakefree was the award sponsor for Football League Tournament organised by Poona Club which also had 2 women’s team. This was first time they had women teams also competing. Women from the age of 52 years to 30 years were playing in the tournament. They did get a few bruises and injuries but their sportsmanship raised eyebrows and a question on why we are not encouraging Women’s Football similar to Men’s.

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We got a chance to talk to Ms. Toni K Yeptho, who is a female Football Player and Football Coach from Christ University, Bengaluru. Toni says “Predominantly people feel football is a male sport and parents who may have issues prevent their daughters from attending practice sessions. This hampers the progress as well as performance. The fear of injury and the idea of daughters getting hurt discourage parents from sending their girls for the sport as thoughts are always about the ultimate aim of getting the daughters married.”

As a coach with one of the best football academies, Roots Football School, Bengaluru, this feisty player from Dimapur, Nagaland, has a few suggestions that could improve the plight of women’s football:

  1. At present, quite a few residential or boarding schools take football for girls seriously. This should be incorporated by other schools too.
  2. Whatever bare minimum coaching that happens here, starts late around the time when kids are in class VII or VIII (ages of 12 or 13). Coaching should start early so we can tap the true potential of a capable kid and help her turn professional if need be. Moreover, the sex of the child should not matter at all at this level. Let them play together and compete together. It will teach boys at a young age to take girls who play a little seriously.

    If one analyses this, the following suggestions can be made:

    • Definitely, there is a requirement for a network that aids vigorous competitions. This will enable opportunities for ladies and girls interested in pursuing the sport. There should be consistent efforts that can sustain the development of players.
    • Private firms and companies have to lead from the front in sponsorship for both the players as well as tournaments.
    • There is a serious shortage of women football coaches that in turn curbs the girls or women from participation.
    Not just the Centre, even States and Regions must make concrete efforts to develop women’s football. The few tournaments like the U-17 Subroto Cup and the Junior Girls National Championship U-19 should be encouraged as this will help in fine tuning the talent of the players and give coaches a better opportunity to do this too.

      ACHIEVEMENTS IN FOOTBALL BY INDIAN WOMEN:

      • Our Indian women’s football team Ranks (59th Rank) better than the Indian Male Football Team (129th Rank).
      • The Indian Women’s Football team won the South Asian Games in February 2016 and the SAFF Championship in January 2017. Players like Aditi Chauhan and Tanvi Hans were selected by clubs from the English Premier League. This is proof that the team is indeed talented and capable.
      • The recent season of the Indian Women’s League (Football) featured six teams but the organisers hope to make it to sixteen for the upcoming seasons. The Leagues help younger players to adapt to the group of seniors and it facilitates an easier absorption to the state and national level teams at later stages.
      • There are players in the Indian Women’s League from states like Haryana, Odisha etc. This is interesting to note that despite a high female foeticide and infanticide ratio, these states show a high participation. Therefore, with the right kind of push all the states can produce top level players.

      Women are capable of making great advancements, be it in the field of education, science, law or sports. We should whole-heartedly allow them to pursue their chosen path and attain their goals (pun intended!).

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