Everton Women begin an exciting new era with a Women's Super League opener against Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday (1:30 pm) — and Season Ticket, Official and Lounge Members can get complimentary tickets with the club's Season Starter exclusive offer!
To celebrate the dawn of the most eagerly-anticipated campaign in the history of the WSL, Everton and its Matchday Presenting Partner, Megafon, are delighted to give Season Ticket, Official and Lounge Members the chance to secure tickets for free right up until kick-off on Saturday.
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Boosted by the summer arrivals of nine new signings, including international starlet Hanna Bennison and England great Toni Duggan, Willie Kirk's squad is ready to challenge for honours and test themselves against serial winners Manchester City.
With the Men's team not in action due to the international break, this is a chance for Evertonians to be at Goodison for the start of an exciting new journey and show their support.
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1 Posted 04/09/2021 at 06:20:12
2 Posted 04/09/2021 at 07:41:37
But they went down with Covid so all postponed until November now. I'll tune in and watch.
3 Posted 04/09/2021 at 08:34:15
The average WPL attendance is 3,400 with Everton's being 2,800. This is with ticket prices averaging only £5 for a single ticket and £35 for a season ticket (£30 at Everton).
In my opinion, the political push and over subscribing of women's football on the BBC and Sky is completely unmerited. Despite the overwhelming free publicity and constant drive to promote the women's game, the numbers clearly tell us there is relatively little demand for the product.
Anyway, that's just one guy's opinion, and if expressed views such as this bring criticism and outrage in this PC age, 'Well frankly my dears'.
4 Posted 04/09/2021 at 08:53:22
I think that would be "anti-woke" maybe, John?
5 Posted 04/09/2021 at 09:00:06
It's hard not to agree with you and, as you say, a 'political push'... but it's probably not a bad thing, is it? Little girls can now dream of playing for Everton too.
I don't suppose you agree with Megan Rapinoe and her push for equal pay? Although l'm still getting over tennis players getting the same when one match takes up to 5 hours and the other between 20 minutes to an hour.
6 Posted 04/09/2021 at 09:15:54
Dave (5). Look at the attendance figures in the WPL and its subsequent revenue. If the income justified equal pay for women footballers then yes. If not, no.
7 Posted 04/09/2021 at 09:32:01
You have to start somewhere and it is progressing no end if you compare it to 10 or 20 years ago.
Without being disrespectful, it's also a good opportunity for coaches who may otherwise not get the chance, to get involved.
I'm all for promoting it and it's continuing progression.
8 Posted 04/09/2021 at 09:43:54
9 Posted 04/09/2021 at 10:09:33
The media are pushing women's sport because it's cheap, pads out their woeful programming, and there's more women view media than males.
10 Posted 04/09/2021 at 11:19:34
11 Posted 04/09/2021 at 11:33:06
A spectator sport? Not for me. No doubting the talent of the players but whenever I've seen it on TV there is generally a goal scored as a result of a big hoof going over a relatively diminutive keepers head. Just my opinion... keep on playing, females.
12 Posted 04/09/2021 at 11:58:03
13 Posted 04/09/2021 at 12:28:42
As I type I am watching an AFL semi final on btsport. This has to be one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet. A massive ground (pitch) almost non stop, brutal physical contact, absolutely NO simulation, a bit of blood and quite entertaining once one has grasped the fairly simple rules and scoring. They even have their equivalent of VAR (ARC - not sure what it stands for) mainly, it seems, for determining a "goal" or a "behind" (look it up) which seems to work well.
Surprisingly there is even a semi-pro AFWomen'sL also.
14 Posted 04/09/2021 at 13:16:33
The womens game is also fairly free of cheating and diving, but of course that will no doubt change if and when they ever become good enough to attract massive amounts of money like the mens game.
Saying the womens game is what it is, as above, is neither woke nor anti-woke, but is simply factually correct (non-woke?). Any attempt to pretend otherwise is arguably patronising towards women, as is of course any talk of equal pay given the disparity in quality and level between the mens and womens games. But there will always be folks prone to false virtue-signalling.
15 Posted 04/09/2021 at 13:39:55
16 Posted 04/09/2021 at 13:57:39
17 Posted 04/09/2021 at 14:05:10
18 Posted 04/09/2021 at 14:09:37
19 Posted 04/09/2021 at 14:11:51
20 Posted 04/09/2021 at 14:11:55
21 Posted 04/09/2021 at 14:17:55
22 Posted 04/09/2021 at 14:21:43
23 Posted 04/09/2021 at 14:21:53
9 new players bought in to try to push for the Champions League places. Kind of sounds familiar playing catch up to Man City and Chelsea... although Man Utd perhaps have a bigger pull, again as they started from scratch not so long ago.
24 Posted 04/09/2021 at 14:24:58
25 Posted 04/09/2021 at 14:26:33
26 Posted 04/09/2021 at 14:33:20
27 Posted 04/09/2021 at 15:02:01
28 Posted 04/09/2021 at 15:07:38
The Rapinoe-led women's crusade for equal pay is only at the national team level, where the US women's team has traditionally not only drawn bigger crowds than the men but vastly outperformed them. The US women were winning four World Cups and numerous other trophies while the men generally ranged from decent to absolute crap. Yet the men have been paid more (about double the per-game bonus), played and trained in superior facilities and gotten charter flights for transport versus commercial flights for the women.
The USSF previously justified that by saying the women deserved inferior pay because they were inferior players to the men. Many of the inequities are now being addressed, if not entirely eliminated.
Stan #14, I have no idea what "false virtue-signaling" means (as opposed to true virtue-signaling, perhaps?), but while it's obviously ridiculous to speculate about equal pay for women's footballers versus men, it's not unreasonable to point out that the women's game cannot develop without resources.
And I say that as someone who doesn't watch women's professional soccer but once refereed women's college and high school games and was often dazzled by the quality.
29 Posted 04/09/2021 at 16:21:34
30 Posted 04/09/2021 at 16:25:30
Yes, there is quality in the womens game, hence why Id nip to Goodison if I were local. But its generally relatively shite compared with the elite mens game.
31 Posted 04/09/2021 at 16:37:59
32 Posted 04/09/2021 at 16:43:00
33 Posted 04/09/2021 at 17:08:07
I dont see the womens games as being particularly good compared with the elite mens games, but theyd still get my support.
Ive no doubt they will improve over time. I prefer womens elite tennis to mens elite tennis, and perhaps one day Ill feel similarly about football, but not today!
34 Posted 04/09/2021 at 17:13:27
35 Posted 04/09/2021 at 17:19:33
Of course it is, Stan. The men's game has been around for more than a century longer. Did you know women were banned from playing on Football League grounds until 1971? The women's national league in England was first established only 30 years ago. Naturally the performance quality would be less developed on a relative basis.
36 Posted 04/09/2021 at 20:28:25
37 Posted 04/09/2021 at 20:28:49
38 Posted 04/09/2021 at 20:49:28
Physique, not agility, is the problem; it's a marvelous participation game for females – just not a spectator sport.
39 Posted 04/09/2021 at 20:59:51
Already the Women's super league has a familiar look to it with the likes of Man City, Arsenal, PSG, Lyon women dominating, Everton have since invested in quality players, but no match for the likes of Man City, Lyon, PSG.
What chance have the likes of Birmingham City, Reading etc got, against the mega-rich teams?
Like I say, women's football will go the same way as men's football, same teams dominating, for years to come.
40 Posted 04/09/2021 at 21:08:42
Having said all that it's often very skillful and entertaining. If you watch it from the perspective of the men's game you're always going to be disappointed.
I was at the game, today and I thought we were well in the game until they scored. City were using the flanks very well and running us ragged down their left. This was the fault of the way Kirk had set the side up rather than the players. Very disappointingly, he didn't change things until the second half but the game was out of reach by then.
The last time I saw a women's game was in the mid 1960s, at Edinburgh Park,Townsend Lane. (The docker's club). A girl I knew was playing and the referee was Tony Kay. As Mike said, the FA imposed severe sanctions on any club which dared (to my knowledge none did) stage a woman's game and any players or officials faced sine die suspensions. As Tony was already banned for life they couldn't touch him.
I chatted to some of the players after the game and for many it was the first time they'd ever played on a marked out pitch with proper goals.
Before we criticise the women's game, too much, we must remember it's coming from a very low (in some cases non existant) base but I'm sure it'll improve as more girls start playing at school.
41 Posted 04/09/2021 at 21:10:16
42 Posted 04/09/2021 at 21:11:41
The Americans who believe that it should be equal pay as the men should go on their attendance. The last World Cup for women attracted an average of 21,756 where the men had an average of 47,371.
Is it worth watching? As long as you realize the level it is and don't compare it with the men's standard, yes.
43 Posted 04/09/2021 at 21:59:04
And then, Allen, you just throw cold water over our New Man efforts. Shame on you! Next thing you'll be saying that men would be better at synchronised swimming.
Anyway, just have a look at corners in a women's game and compare it to a men's game. One is about football, the other is about coached, utterly lamentable, pseudo macho cheating.
44 Posted 04/09/2021 at 22:08:53
Of course the playing levels are light years apart, but what on earth do you expect? You cannot compare the structure, playing staff or coaching as in the men's game, never mind the money, facilities or opportunities for improvement. Interesting article in Wired.co.uk: "Why are elite female footballers banned from playing with men" (Behave! Stop the titters at the back!) Afraid you will have to Google (obviously I don't have the same intellectual capability as you wonderful guys!) it but worth the read. It's from a couple of years ago but it puts it in perspective. It highlights the incredible levels of condescending attitudes in sport when it comes to mixed-gender teams, in any level, in any sport! Even if we had a brilliant female player, no matter how good, how strong, how competitive, she would be banned from playing in a men's team. Given the way some men play like a "big girl's blouse", the ban should be extended to them! ps: I would add that some of the best national teams, like the US, Sweden or even England, would give teams playing in the EFL a good run for their money!
Interesting article in Wired.co.uk: "Why are elite female footballers banned from playing with men" (Behave! Stop the titters at the back!)
Afraid you will have to Google (obviously I don't have the same intellectual capability as you wonderful guys!) it but worth the read. It's from a couple of years ago but it puts it in perspective.
It highlights the incredible levels of condescending attitudes in sport when it comes to mixed-gender teams, in any level, in any sport! Even if we had a brilliant female player, no matter how good, how strong, how competitive, she would be banned from playing in a men's team. Given the way some men play like a "big girl's blouse", the ban should be extended to them!
ps: I would add that some of the best national teams, like the US, Sweden or even England, would give teams playing in the EFL a good run for their money!
45 Posted 05/09/2021 at 01:18:17
In my case, and many others on this thread, we might watch it, but it doesn't really float our boat. Simply because it's not very good. But that doesn't necessarily mean we won't support it. It will improve, no doubt, but at the moment it's fairly mediocre.
46 Posted 05/09/2021 at 03:53:17
Not sure about that yet, one of my brothers who coaches here as well in San Diego had his boys U15 team play the women's national team back when Mia Hamm was playing and beat them 4-2. Also, I think the National team lost to a U15 boys team last year 3-0. It really is a great sport for women and the girls here in San Diego love playing.
47 Posted 05/09/2021 at 06:10:50
Christine @44, I do not for one minute think we'll see mixed teams, certainly not at the professional level. I think the only sport that comes close to that is Hockey???
That said, I am old enough to remember when the Army didn't employ females in most jobs whereas, by the time I left a couple of years ago, there were only the last bastions of the Infantry that were elusive. And even that was being discussed. Totally different, I appreciate, but a parallel and demonstrates that if you're good enough to do the job, well, you're good enough.
The girls' game has developed massively. Look where it is now compared to even 10 years ago. We can't and shouldn't directly compare to the men's game, as it is literally 100 years behind. But it is evolving and has progressed and continues to do so.
I think the shout about goal size is a good one. Regardless of equality shouts, the biological fact is that on average, females are smaller than males. It was the same when we used to take kids to their first season at 11-a-side on full-size pitches. More than half of the goals scored were because the keeper was too small. I know that's changed and we have started to follow the Dutch model of intermediate pitches. Maybe something to consider for the female game. And that is not meant to sound derogatory.
David, I work for a Texas company and have spent a fair bit of time in San Antonio. I've always been impressed with the enthusiasm and standard of football in the area, girls included.
48 Posted 05/09/2021 at 07:03:26
Not quite football but I really enjoyed the mixed relay teams at the Olympics which brought another dimension to team swimming.
I doubt that it could, would or should translate to football but even Alan Ball, as a teenager, was turned down by a couple of clubs because of his size.
49 Posted 05/09/2021 at 07:10:35
It's Sunday. Don't start me!!!!
50 Posted 05/09/2021 at 07:49:27
Playing with ideas, imagine teams made up of both sexes and both sides had to have the same... 'split' is not the word... breakdown, say maximum 6 male. If one team substituted a male with a female, then the other would need to do the same. It would probably give greater powers to the fourth official, not to mention the Board carriers and mind games.
Anyway, just off for another anti-inflammatory and a lie-down.
Oh, and Peter Beardsley was no giant.
51 Posted 05/09/2021 at 07:57:36
Mind you have you seen the size of some of England's women's rugby players?
52 Posted 05/09/2021 at 09:47:09
I think they were identified by a generation of managers who focussed on footballing ability. Since then, we've become obsessed with size, pace and power.
I do actually believe we're coming through that now, but I'd still love to be minister for overhauling our grass roots football!!
53 Posted 05/09/2021 at 10:35:29
54 Posted 05/09/2021 at 10:49:32
There is clear scope for the game using more of the latter, and coaching talented youngsters accordingly. The womens game could play a role in this, with less emphasis on raw physical power and more focus on clever ball-playing. Analogous to elite tennis, where the womens game is often more subtle and entertaining than the raw power of the mens game.
So although the womens game is currently nowhere near the mens at the elite level, the gap could close in a way that produces a womens game that is more entertaining than the current incarnation of the mens game.
55 Posted 05/09/2021 at 11:17:55
My dad used to go beserk at West for not grabbing hold of that kopite and not flattening him or at least handing him over to the plod. Different times eh.
56 Posted 05/09/2021 at 11:19:25
Back to basics almost. As a young player, one of the things I always remember being taught was to make the ball do the work. If I'm being self-flattering, it was how I ended up being a converted midfielder turned centre-back who could play in a 3-5-2.
You can run around all you want, but clever players do exactly that; use the ball and their brain. See it, play it as I was taught. Your first instinct is mostly the right one. Not always as football is a game of gambles and mistakes. It's not science. Guardiola says it in the documentary "Take the ball, pass the ball".
You obviously need a bit of both, but definitely one of the stand-out memories of my footballing development was to let the ball do the work. "Chickens run around headless" – as my German coach used to explain to me!!
57 Posted 05/09/2021 at 11:30:07
What youre describing is being seen in cricket. Womens cricket is a bit like mens cricket in the 50s. Clever bowling, especially spin, and subtle batting with placement and timing.
Mens cricket under the influence of T20 is much more about power and fitness and the influence can be seen, especially in the fielding throughout the game. Women are playing this style of cricket of course and the influence is there too.
58 Posted 06/09/2021 at 13:31:26
That aside and speaking as a qualified FA Coach, Women's football shouldn't be on national TV, it just isn't ready and we will always compare it to the men's game which I believe will damage it. Women's football has to be a standalone product; what the woke brigade is doing is fast-tracking a sport that is an inferior product.
In time, I agree it could have a place but we should be seeing more Netball and Women's hockey, they have passion, aggression and most of all competition. This is an easy and most importantly lazy decision by the broadcasters; building up Netball & Hockey would have taken more due diligence but given more back long term.
Women's grassroots football tends to die out at the age of about 14/15 and it's very rare you see adult women's football; it's clinging to the club brand of the men's team.
I lasted about 5 minutes on Saturday and turned over to watch Racing from Haydock. last time I watched Everton Women was in the FA Cup Final in Milton Keynes. I lasted until half-time – and that was only because my niece was the Everton Physio!!
59 Posted 06/09/2021 at 18:09:30
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