Women Talking Soccer on TV is Way Offside!
Recently more & more women pundits? are coming into the pre, during & post game chat on TV with many men Football fans furious. Furious having to listen to women talk the game normally talked by X EPL pro players, men with EPL history & credibility!
Now I understand where the men's stance is coming from as for decades they were entertained by retired greats of the game not a woman in sight, very traditional and men only.
Also remember for years these men were entertained by the same cast of TV names for years thus giving it the whole soap opera effect but man style no girls again, heaven!
I have seen online abuse directed to women pundits and the attacks are seen as sexist. The online abuse is not sexist but it's simpler than that. It's tradition for Football to be talked by men & that is their gripe 🙂
Another gripe: Women do not have a league to a standard which gives them credibility to talk Football to the main audience, men. The audience have been schooled for decades by men pundits who ruled the game when they played thus it gives it real credibility to talk any angle of the game with conviction. Those fans feed off that knowledge & playing history to complete their enjoyment, anything less will not do it. I personally would advise producers to drop the sister act with all women pundits on TV with the exception of Alex Scott woman Soccer pundit!
She represented England & Arsenal FC women's teams at an extreme level:
- FA Women's Premier League: 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
- FA WSL: 2012 FA WSL Cup: 2012, 2013, 2015
- Women's FA Cup: 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
- UEFA Women's Champions League: 2006–07
- FA Women's Community Shield: 2006, 2008
- FA Women's Premier League Cup: 2006–07 2008–09
England Cyprus Cup: 2009, 2013, 2015
NOW, I can personally understand many men with the attitude towards women anchors but sometimes even the hardliners will bend with time. BUT only if the woman explaining intricate football tactics knows exactly what she's saying, any sign of uncertainty will seal her doom quicker than lightning!
Also the woman entertaining the mainly man audience needs game cred to get her acceptance from the dubious crowd watching........... With time those men see more of a certain woman pundit & player from the women's game giving respect but it takes time.
In my humble opinion: I have heard Alex Scott talk for a while now & she's shared the floor with all the big pundits from the Prem on TV. When she started she was nervous but never broke or crackled in speech holding it calmly, passionately together delivering great tactical analysis at any stage of the game. She has a panache for Football like no other women pundit world wide and I say she deserves to be there. Her game knowledge and tactical understanding is well above her years not to mention she has a great delivery style which captivates.
Any Football man will eventually succumb to her brains for the game as she is the Real Deal and the only one in TV! She's the Goddess of Punditry
Another point which will help cement Alex into a household name in England is the pending 2019 Women's Fifa World Cup in France which she must host or anchor.
I tell ya fellas sit down, shut up and listen to Alex for a couple of games and you will see her wisdom of this beautiful game delivered by a woman who could go toe to toe with Souness, Rednapp or any of them and she'd hold her own No Problem 🙂
I personally wish her all the very best as she rises to the top and I do enjoy her thoughts on the game during LIVE TV, yes peeps she's on LIVE no time to screw up & fix it just like me.
Alex you are the only woman on Football TV that can talk it with men and be respected, You've got Game & You got Talent!
Soccersteve Canadian Soccer Media 2004