what it is like to be a female football fan

i know a lot of people don’t like football. this goes for both women and men. i have lost almost all of my female followers on twitter, because of my football tweets. being into sports, and especially football makes people react in different ways. in this post, i will tell you about my experience.

the people who know me, know what i really love football. i can rarely have a conversation without mentioning my favourite football club, the magnificent stoke city. when i meet new people, both female and male, they tend to question my interest with a few different questions and sayings.

“so is stoke city your dads favourite team as well?”
no, stoke city isn’t my dads favourite team. he stopped watching football a long time ago. now he only follows stoke city’s results, so he can bully me if we loose.

“your boyfriend must be really into football then?”
i don’t even think my boyfriend knows the rules of football. he is certainly not a supporter of any kind of team.

“where is your boyfriend, love?”
i attend a lot of games alone, both home and away. i don’t mind going by myself, as i always have fun. except for when people sitting next to me etc. ask me where my boyfriend is. i came here by myself, and i am here to watch the game. don’t bother me!

“you know a lot about football. for a girl”
this is the most used phrase, and it annoys me. i don’t know everything about football, but i would say i know a fair amount. why can’t people just say: “you know a lot about football”? i also experience being underestimated and left out of the conversation, because “girls don’t understand the passion and the game”.

there are a lot of guides for men on the internet, on “how to get your girl interested in sports?” these are often written by women, and they explain that you’ll have to bribe a woman for her to watch sports and that a lot of women don’t even know the rules to sports. seeing articles like that makes me really angry, cause it supports the thought of women not being able to be interested in sports unless a man she is close to is.

my question is, why can’t female football fans, be just football fans?

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/fredrikke

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