Date: 4th August 2018 at 10:13am
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Could ‘Mrs Kane’ Ever Play For Tottenham?

A different look at football! The recent ‘Tournament Of Nations’ competition featured four of the top female footballing nations; USA, Brazil, Japan, and Australia. I watched all six of the games and was extremely impressed by the athleticism, competitiveness, and skill displayed by the players of all four teams. It started me thinking and led me to the ultimate question …. could male and female footballers play for the same team? Could ‘Mrs Kane’ ever play for Tottenham?

Sport is an area which has, for many historical reasons, kept both genders apart. It was not realistically feasible for males and females to compete against each other. The playing field was too tilted in favour of the ‘male’ due to his stronger physique and all that it implied. But Football, like everything else, is evolving; VAR, changes to the rules, changes to the way clubs must comply with administrative dictates. Football has changed dramatically compared to the game it was fifty years ago.

The ‘evolution’ of women over the last hundred years has resulted in a much more practical and needed balance between the sexes in all areas of society; business, politics, employment, education, welfare, the arts, etc. Women now have a much stronger voice, and enjoy greater participation, in everything that matters. (I can’t help thinking that if it had happened sooner the world would be a better place)!

School-age sport is becoming increasingly accustomed to seeing both genders represented in various sporting teams. Of course, for many years, both genders have competed in the same teams … but only on a ‘social’ level. Mixed tennis, volleyball, Football, Cricket, Rugby (usually with a variation to the rules), etc, has become more common over the years. But now there are high profile ‘Female’ competitions in all major sports Football, Rugby, cricket, Basket Ball, Hockey, and Aussie Rules. The media promotes it; spectators want it, television shows it. I enjoy it.

Females have shown that if they wish to play sport at the highest level all they need to do is have the right attitude, ambition, and discipline that success in any sport requires. And if anyone still thinks that females are too fragile to play the rougher sports …. just watch them play seven-a-side rugby or Aussie Rules football.

When it comes to physical capabilities, females are catching up. At the top end of most sports, the elite female athletes are becoming progressively stronger, faster, more skilful, and more determined. The possibility of females overtaking males in terms of physical strength (in the same way that they have, intellectually) is certainly not an impossibility. I’m sure Charles Darwin would agree with that! There may be reasons based on anatomy which could explain why one gender will always have an advantage over the other in a specific sport, and I’d love to give examples …. but I haven’t thought it through that far!

It was interesting to note, in the aforementioned tournament, that when a player was hurt, she went to ground, was treated, and then either played on, or left the field. There was no ‘Neymar’ histrionics; you know, rolling around in agony, glaring at the referee, claiming fouls and penalties, demanding that the opponent should be sent off for daring to tackle him, etc …. and then resuming play two minutes later as though nothing had happened! He wouldn’t last five minutes in a female Aussie Rules game.

Many football league clubs have female teams. Is it possible that, at some time in the future we could be watching a Tottenham team which includes male and female players as well as academy players. As far as sport is concerned it seems that females have got in touch with their ‘masculine side’ much more successfully than the reverse. So, the question is …. could ‘Mrs Kane’ ever play for Tottenham? Just a thought!

PS …. I wonder if Harry has a sister!


24 Replies to “Could ‘Mrs Kane’ Ever Play For Tottenham?”

  • Geof.. womens football has progressed considerably over last 5 years or so. They are a long way behind men’s level, but still they make good efforts. .. from a sexist point of view not as good as watching women’s beach vollyball.. lol. But jokes aside they do try and that’s important. Spurs Ladies have won silverware last 2 years or so, and are doing well now. COYSL

  • BDS …. In Australia, at the moment, I’d prefer to watch the national women’s team (Matildas) than the men’s Socceroo team or the A League games. Actually I rarely watch Aussie league games because they frustrate the hell out of me. I wonder how this thread will go?! lol

  • @geoff, it is no coincidences, since you have been writing quality, articles posts have increased keep it up Sir, on a side note, Sunderland have a home attendance of 31k plus … just 2years ago they were in the EPL …. makes us lucky to be spurs supporters right!!

  • Geofspurs…..Ladies/womens football, sorry not for me, I am not a sexist but hey the feminista’s can say what they like.

    By the way as E17yid wrote, keep it up Sir, article wise that is LOL. COYS

  • I think football is a sport where the physical differences (in terms of strength, stamina etc) will make it difficult for both genders to compete on a level playing field.

    That’s not to say that women’s football can’t be enjoyed in its own right. I just think there will always be a gap between genders, as is the case in many sports.

  • BS …. I agree but, in the long term, all differences will change for better or worse. It’s the ‘evolution’ aspect that got me thinking. In the four teams mentioned I saw at least five women who I doubt would struggle in the Championship … at least as far as their skill level goes. And, from what I saw, I think the USA national team would give any Championship team a tough match (but still lose) …. again, due to their skill level and discipline.

  • I played against and with my brothers and was always better than them and often stronger simply because i was able to use my body better than them being more physically used to playing sport, they often had to foul me to get the ball lol mind that was fifty years ago and jot professional. I think the way the game has evolved the physicality and fitness i think the gender difference couldn’t really compete, even though some sporty woman are stronger and fitter than men, but a well fit sporty woman isn’t going to be as fit and strong as a fit sporty male in the same sport. Its like tennis, can a woman professional tennis player like the williams sister compete against a top male tennis player, not sure but some top female sports players could compete with lesser male sports players. If everything is equal in terms of the sport and professionalism, in this case male and female professional footballer, trained together i still don’t think woman could compete against the men. However, i think they can be technically good or even better but physically not so strong, but you may get some faster but head to head strength wise probably not. I would like to see womans football on a better playing field as mens, investment, professional and equal coaching facilities, but i guess it would then become the ugly sport of today’s mens football, a business. Womans football has grown hut its a long wag behind and isn’t likely to catch up with mens just yet, hut the article about whether mens football will survive, well may ben it will fall apart and womans football will take over because it remains a sport and not business, who knows.

  • I have long been of the opinion and have said as much on here in the past, that the ultimate objective in this “modern” PC society is that football at even the highest level will become open. If rule changes and the sanitizing of extreme physical contact and tackling from the game continue at the current pace it won’t be far away, teams may even turn out in ballet shoes and tutus in the future. In my near 70 years memory and experience of the game, I have seen an incredible reduction in the need for physical prowess as a prerequisite for success as a footballer, so the rot has already become well established. Another male bastion gone, along with so many others.

  • There is nothing wrong with female participation but it should be admired for technique and skill which have improved immensely in the recent past, but should be kept separate, rather than to dilute the male game to accommodate the ladies. Having said all that given Spurs ladies recent record of winning trophies perhaps their winning mentality would be useful.

    • Frank….totally agree there, it will not be long before the females are demanding the same cash, look at Wimbledon, play less sets, but get same cash, also as to you said about football becoming more sanitized it will not be to far away that we have mixed sex teams, lol! COYS

  • So pissed off that we have the nerve to sell Toby to Man Utd, really pissing me off … I don’t care if he leaves just not to a rival wtf is levy thinking .. ship him off to Europe ffs I hope this crap is not true

  • E17, Levy doesn’t care where Alderwiereld goes, only that he gets the money he wants. He has no interest in inter club rivalry, or football in general for that matter, him and Lewis only think money not football.

  • Frank from the moment José said he’s not selling martial to us we should have stopped talking to them.
    So are we really selling to them?
    If we claim to be and not just a wannabe big club then its time to show ambition n and pride…tell José feck off…keep Toby and take the 25m later…still making a profit, or send him to wherever…
    Never been so pi$$ed of with levy …his transfer style has passed its use by date

  • lets see how the ladies play snooker and darts against the men there,s no advantage so let them enter the big tournaments . As for football england 16 year old boys team would beat the ladies team quite easily. The williams sisters would not beat the top 100 mens tennis players. The only thing we can learn from the womans game is they don,t go down and roll around like a bunch of panseys when the ball hits them in the face, thats to admire about the womans game

  • To be honest, there were three players in the ‘Tournament Of Nations’ who were by far as good as the worst players in the bottom PL teams. But it’s not about now ….. it’s about comparing where women are now to where they were a hundred years ago. ‘Evolution’ is a cunning little bugger. Of course, it’s just idle speculation …. like the TW!

  • Geof – my understanding is that the women’s game has seen progression, but merely due to the fact that a few years ago, it was a hobby, whereas now it’s professionalised itself. I’d be like comparing a footballer from the 1930’s to now. Fitness wise, there is no comparison.

    But I believe the “ceiling” for women will always be lower than the ceiling for men, and the answer to that is genetics. Apparently, increased levels of testosterone in men favour muscle development, which mean that in the human species (and a lot of others), the male specimen will always be stronger and fitter.

    In theory, men will run longer, and faster, and will always hit the ball harder, on average. I don’t think women are ever going to bridge that gap unless something drastic changes in genetics, but those changes usually take thousands of years to happen.

    In tennis, Serena Williams has often been asked about this. She once claimed she could beat anyone outside the men’s top 200. In 1998, this happened:

    “Another event dubbed a “Battle of the Sexes” took place during the 1998 Australian Open between Karsten Braasch and the Williams sisters. Venus and Serena Williams had claimed that they could beat any male player ranked outside the world’s top 200, so Braasch, then ranked 203rd, challenged them both. Braasch was described by one journalist as “a man whose training regime centered around a pack of cigarettes and more than a couple bottles of ice cold lager”. The matches took place on court number 12 in Melbourne Park, after Braasch had finished a round of golf and two shandies. He first took on Serena and after leading 5–0, beat her 6–1. Venus then walked on court and again Braasch was victorious, this time winning 6–2. Braasch said afterwards, “500 and above, no chance”. He added that he had played like someone ranked 600th in order to keep the game “fun”. Braasch said the big difference was that men can chase down shots much easier, and that men put spin on the ball that the women can’t handle. The Williams sisters adjusted their claim to beating men outside the top 350.”

    I’m sure that today, you can probably find female players who could keep up with men, at a decent level, for a short period – maybe 45 minutes. But they’d tire quicker. And I don’t think they’ll ever reach a stage when the 2 sexes can share a pitch without obvious disadvantages.

    Just my 2 cents.

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