Watching Footie

It’s September, which means that it’s finally football season here in the United States. Of course, there’s that other kind of football, too–the one where the ball actually comes into contact with the foot on occasions other than field goals, punts and kickoffs–and amidst the American media’s infatuation with the NFL, it’s quite easy to forget that the Women’s World Cup is taking place on the other side of the globe. Americans have traditionally spurned soccer (the game that the rest of the world knows as football,) though the sport has been gaining popularity in recent years. The same attitude is by and large held towards women’s athletics. America would do well to remember that even as it’s menfolk wage the battle in the trenches that is the American permutation of football, it’s womenfolk are playing just as hard on the far side of the world.


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