There Should Be No “Women” in Soccer !

Gary Hopkins

Gary Hopkins

Source: Soccer-Biz-USA

This from a father of 2 Daughters

Because the World Cup Final played on Sunday July 5th in Vancouver was not a condescending “aahh ..How nice the girl’s get to play” match. It just might have been the savior of a sport , the press are portraying as: mired in controversy; full of financial shenanigans and with a credibility lower than a Greek Banker.

  • Firstly, for the soccer dinosaurs out there, let’s destroy the myth that this was “just” a Women’s World Cup Final.
  • Tell me the first 15 minutes were not as exciting as any we have seen in years.
  • Tell me Carli Lloyd’s 50 yard goal was not as good as any witnessed recently.
  • Tell me the exquisite “execution” of Holiday’s volley was not soccer perfection.
  • Tell me the tackling,ferocity,and commitment of both teams lacked anything.
  • When they got knocked down…they got back up again (quickly!)
  • When they got “cut” they were patched up and came back on.
  • When they were inconsolable their teammates (and country) picked them up.

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If you did not watch this World Cup Tournament you missed out on games full of excitement,entertainment,honesty (sure there were a few dives here and there!) with a freshness, intensity and dare i say it “purity” that seems to be slipping away in the modern game.

This was soccer at its best…not “Women’s” Soccer…just Soccer (or futbol/football if that’s your preference).

The legacy of this tournament is not about “girl power” or “entitlement”: no, the true legacy is one of recognizing the tremendous technical skill, lung-busting fitness, tactical smarts and a relentless commitment to the only cause that mattered: winning the World Cup.

These players did the soccer world proud and as a tournament it now stands alongside Brazil 2014 and all other major tournaments to follow.