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Welcome to McSoccer for Girls.
I am passionate about the game. However, as a fan, player and coach I am frustrated about why more girls don’t play, how girls who do play are sometimes treated and the image of the girl’s game in the wider public.
The aim of this blog is to post stories, profiles, videos, reviews of books (you name it) about the girl’s and women’s game and to start to contribute to the conversation about how we encourage more girls to play.
How I got here
I grew up loving and playing soccer in the American Midwest. I played on girl’s teams, all-boy’s teams, indoor teams, outdoor teams, school teams, select travelling teams, a Junior Olympic team, and finally, my university team.
I moved to Scotland twenty years ago and I started working with an Edinburgh club to develop an U11 girl’s team a few years ago. The boy’s teams at my club were all oversubscribed. However, I struggled to get more than a handful of girls to come along on a regular basis. The girls that did come to training seemed to love the football as much as I did. However, even some that did love to play, eventually quit.
I am not the only one who has trouble attracting girl players. In Scotland, fewer than 10% of players are female. This figure shocked me because in the US, girls play soccer as much as boys, almost 50/50. This contrast didn’t make sense to me. The game is the same in both countries, right? In addition, the US is a newbie in the football world next to Scotland’s long and proud history.
- Why don’t more girls and women play in Scotland?
- What can I do to make football more attractive to girls?
- What is everyone else doing?
These questions led me to develop this blog. I figured I couldn’t be the only one asking these questions and I am sure there are people who can give me some good answers. Also I am sure that some of the answers are complicated and there needed to be a space for some good discussion.
What do you think?
Please get in touch.
I am a writer/blogger, accidental Parisienne, girl’s football/soccer coach, lover of travel and a good renovation/design project. I am writing a book about my experiences coaching in Scotland. I grew up in the States but lived in Scotland for 20 years. I live in Paris with my husband but hope to return to Edinburgh and coaching in the summer of 2012.
For more information about me, see jenniferflueckiger.com