You’re welcome! Many WPS players are going overseas during the WPS offseason, while others are taking the time to rest. All White Kit discusses a few of the players headed overseas here. Our Game Magazine also lists a few WNY Flash and Independence players that are heading to Sweden in the offseason here (second item). Hope that helps!
Co-mod Amanda here. The WPS season is over, so a lot of players are either going to live at home during the off-season or they’re going to play in other leagues, mostly in Europe, during the WPS off-season. Just like the off-season in any sport, there will probably be a lot of personnel moves and trades.
Thank you for reading FYWF and for supporting women’s football! Please keep checking the post, as I’m adding links (that I find and from other people).
Homosexuality in sports, especially women’s sports, is something we (as fans, as people who play football, as women and men) cannot and should not ignore. The identity of homosexual athletes has long been a battle — between the athletes and the media, between fellow athletes, and between athletes and fans. While yes it is true FYWF is not a gossip blog (we are not Kickette, though we do appreciate attractive athletes when we see them), we also shouldn’t shy away from any issues involving the women’s game. There are gay women’s footballers (and there are plenty of gay athletes in lots of other sports), and we should talk about them, even if only in generalities.
When I created FYWF, it was because I noticed a huge lack of tumblrs about women’s football . Eventually, with a little help from some friends, it turned into a blog that embraces women’s football — everything about women’s football. Not just the pretty pictures and the tournaments, but also all the issues that surround the sports: lack of support (by football fans, by FIFA, but the media), racism, sexism, the idea that women shouldn’t play the sport because they’re women and, of course, homophobia (and the stigma that comes with being a woman who is also an athlete) and sexual violence against women. These are taboo topics in general — often much more in sports and especially when it comes to women’s sports.
I would like to post more links about the aforementioned issues, but unfortunately there’s only a finite amount of time to each day. Which is why we’re always looking for submissions/questions and people who don’t mind helping out occasionally (especially if they find something interesting they want us to share). Being a woman’s football fan is hard — and not just because these games are nearly impossible to find on TV.
But back to the issue at hand. Women’s sports, homosexuality and homophobia go hand in hand. Just like how often people claim that soccer/football is “gay,” if you’re a woman and you like women’s sports you must also be gay. And god forbid you play sports and are a woman — then you’re automatically labeled as gay. These issues aren’t going away and here at FYWF, we don’t want to play into these stereotypes. Just look at this year’s Women’s World Cup and Nigeria’s coach.
Here at FYWF, we love all of women’s football. We want to share as much of it as we can with you. And it’s in this vein that co-mod Amanda and myself have collected a lot links relating to homosexuality in women’s football.
If you want to discuss these links, talk about your own experiences or even point us to some more links, please, please feel free to do so in the comments. I will be keeping at eye on them — we want FYWF to be a safe place for all fans of women’s football.
And now, here are the links we’ve collected so far. They are in no particular order.
NOTE: Some of these articles (especially those relating to the death of Eudy Simelane) might be triggering.