Saturday, July 31, 2010

Women and Soccer

I received the following from Emily Robbins:

Argentine filmmakers Ginger Gentile and Gabriel Balanovsky are currently
working on a full-length independent documentary film called “Goals for
Girls: The Movie” which follows a group of girls as they fight for their
right to play soccer in Villa 31, a Buenos Aires slum. Despite living in a
country where soccer is a national obsession, there are no professional
women’s soccer teams in Argentina and no laws equivalent to Title IX that
would guarantee equal government funding for women’s sports programs.
“Goals for Girls: The Movie” will tell the story of the Villa 31 girls
soccer team as they fight for equal time on the field, overcome the taunts
and disruptions from boys who often interrupt their practices, and deal
with the stereotype that as poor women their only viable career choices are
teenage mother, criminal or maid.

To learn more about the film, visit their website:


Jeremy said...

In the US, soccer is slowly growing from a women/kids game to something more adult and mainstream. Apparently in other countries, it's a guys-only club.

Here's something marginally related for you:

Do you think Title IX has stunted the growth of men's soccer in the US? Any new men's sport (lacrosse fits in this too) can't get footing because they must also add the same number of scholarships for a women's side.

Corry Cropper said...

Yes, I think it has marginally stunted soccer's growth. But I would say the cost is worth it.