Women's football

Joe visits the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club to watch the Ladies Academy side compete and to learn more about women’s football in England. Will they win?

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Preparation

Think about the following questions:

  • What are your favourite sports?
  • Do you think women should be treated differently in the world of sport?
  • Are there any sports only men or only women should play?

Watch as Joe visits the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club to see the Ladies Academy side compete.

Transcript

Joe: It's the most popular game on Earth. From kids playing in the street to professional players in huge stadiums, more people play and watch this game than any other. And now football, or soccer, is more popular than ever among British girls and women. There are more than 5,000 girls’ youth teams registered in England.

I'm here to meet some of the rising stars of Tottenham Hotspur, also known as Spurs, here in London. We're just a few minutes down the road from the famous White Hart Lane soccer stadium.

Spurs Football Club was set up more than 130 years ago. It's now one of the most famous clubs in the world, playing in the English Premier League. Women's teams have been playing at Spurs since the 1980s. These players are the Spurs Ladies Academy Team, and if any of them are good enough…

[Joe: I'm rubbish at this]

…they could progress to the Spurs Women's First Team.

Footballer 1: What I really like about football is the competitive side, wanting to win games…

Footballer 2: I just enjoy the competition, the atmosphere…

Footballer 3: …not being discriminated because of your sex…

Footballer 4: Like, you're with all your friends playing football, you're all doing the same thing that you love. I think it's really fun, actually.

Joe: Today we're following Kitty as she trains for a big match. Kitty, how did you get into football?

Kitty: I've been playing football since I was 9. I started playing in a park and got picked up by a coach. And now I've moved up to Tottenham Hotspur.

Joe: Are you treated any differently to the boys that play football?

Kitty: No, not at all. We get a lot of support and the same standard of coaching.

Joe: The girls' team coach is Karen Hills.

Karen: Over the last 20 years, football for ladies in this country has changed dramatically. When I was playing, there wasn't many opportunities within schools. There are many teams that cater for girls' football. There are leagues set up, there's a structure in place from playing all the way up to Senior England Ladies football.

 

Joe: It's now several weeks later and time to put all that training into practice. Spurs Ladies Academy are playing Barking Abbey in the British Colleges League - Division One.

It's a big match for Kitty, so how's she feeling?

Kitty: Today's going to be really competitive. There are two good sides who are pretty familiar with each other. So I'm feeling quite nervous about the game today.

Joe: The teams are pretty evenly matched, but five minutes into the game, Spurs go one-nil up, and it's Kitty who scores! Barking quickly hit back with a goal of their own. Just before half time, Spurs score a second goal. And then, in the second half, Kitty has a chance to make it three-one. The final score is three-two and Kitty's team have won.

 

Joe: So, Kitty, not only did your team win but you scored two of the goals. How does that feel?

Kitty: Thank you, yeah, that was… I'm not… I haven't scored like that for a long time, actually.

Joe: And it's only early in the season, isn't it, but do you think, judging from how you guys played there, do you think it's going to be a good season?

Kitty: Yeah, definitely. I can see everyone improving every single week. And, like they helped me a lot, like, I didn't get those goals by myself.

Joe: And what does it feel like to score those goals?

Kitty: I had goose bumps from the second one. It felt so good.

Joe: So, it's a great start to the season, but there are many more matches left to play. And from what we've seen today and in training, there's plenty more excitement and tension to look forward to.

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Submitted by May Thida Su on Sun, 04/04/2021 - 15:07

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I don't know the meaning of what Joe said " I'm rubbish at this " ... Could anyone answer my question ?

Submitted by Joel-0505 on Mon, 09/12/2019 - 18:04

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Hello dear team. Could you help me to understand this structure: "not only did your team win but you scored two of the goals" by Joe. how can I use it? I mean, when I want to do similar sentences, will I have to use the interrogative form? e.g. could I say the following sentences? "not only do I speak but I sing" or "not only am I dancing, I'm also singing" or even "not only did I drive, I also walked" thanks a lot in advance, you guys are the best

Hello Joel-0505,

All of those sentences are correct - well done.

As you have identified, this construction uses inversion. This is a way of adding emphasis and it is quite common in situations such as political speeches where the speaker is trying to convince or enthuse an audience.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by fidaasiddig on Mon, 14/10/2019 - 12:06

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Hello What (structure in place)mean

Submitted by Peter M. on Fri, 18/10/2019 - 07:05

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Hello fidaasiddig,

To have a structure in place means to have a way of organising something already prepared. For example, if I want to form a new club then first I might organise premises, design a website, hire some people to help me with it and so on. If I did these things before officially announcing my plans then I could say that I have a structure in place.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by AyoubDZ93 on Tue, 26/02/2019 - 15:07

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My favorite sports are football, tennis and wrestling. I think we have to treat women the same way we treat men, whether it be in the world of sports or elsewhere. I don’t see any problem with a woman practising a sport and I would like to say "let women live their dreams". We have to support them because they may have qualities that man doesn’t have, and I suppose we have to invest the same amount of money in women’s sport as we do in men’s sport. To finish, I think there isn't sport where only men or women play because if you want to have a good level in any sport, you have to train every day to hope for your aim.

Submitted by Kostya B on Sat, 02/06/2018 - 12:00

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I think there is no limitations about who should play in football man or woman as well as in other sports, if women want do this then let them do. Football is one of my favorite kind of sport there is also bicycling, skiing and skating.

Submitted by xhansid on Thu, 01/02/2018 - 06:49

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Is it ok if someone says, 'Don't kick the ball sitting' or it has to be 'while seated' or just 'seated' or 'in sitting position'? and please also guide me about this: Be standing while kicking the ball? Be standing kicking the ball? Stand while kicking the ball?

Submitted by Vitru on Wed, 17/05/2017 - 10:48

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In my opinion, we have to encourage women to train, to believe in what they want and in particular we have to do something for facilities. Investing more money in girls we can give them the possibility to grow up them a percentage of sport and to be considered evenly matched.

Submitted by LiliyaSun on Sun, 12/03/2017 - 04:20

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Hello! How to understand "are you treated any differently to the boys..."? It's passive voice and there are some difficulties for me to understand. Does it mean that somebody think that women's football are not like football for men?

Hello LillySun,

As you say, the construction here has a passive verb form. The active form would be:

Do people treat you any differently to boys?

The question is asking if female player are given the same respect as male players, if they are treated as seriously and so on.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team