England + Football = Obsession: The Affect On Women and Other Sports

Laura BennettContributor IMarch 13, 2009

Football is a great game. The excitement, the adrenaline, the rush of euphoria as your team score that crucial 89th minute goal.

We all know that sense of belonging that comes with standing alongside 44,000 others, all cheering on the same team. 

What extent do you go to in order to support your team? How many hours a day and how many pounds per month do you spend on your "hobby"?

This article aims to discuss the pros and cons of such fanaticism.

Having a boyfriend seemingly obsessed with football gave me the idea for this article. I have nothing against his love of the sport, but the amount of time he spends on here writing about the subject does seem a bit extreme sometimes.

I am all for having an interest in a subject, such as mine in music, yet in this modern age, the world of football seems to be taking over many other areas of our lives.

Some of these areas have been highlighted in The Independent.

"Women caught offside by workplace obsession with football culture" outlines that women's knowledge of the offside rule is as important as their ability to do their job.

Clennel, the author of the article, explains that "football culture", in which male bosses use football terminology to motivate staff, and women being excluded from possible networking outings, is preventing them from being promoted.

The national obsession with football is obviously having a much deeper effect than just angering a few wives and girlfiends on a saturday afternoon.

It is fair to say that industry is still a male dominated environment, with men earning a higher wage than women on average, but now we have to learn a new language too!

How can this be fair?

I am disappointed, as a lover of many sports, by the amount of attention that is paid to football. I am sure this has been said many times before, but the amount of enthusiasm that followed England winning the Rugby World Cup in 2003 was shameful.

If it had been the England football team, it would no doubt have been declared a national holiday.

Am I bitter because of my boyfriend's over-enthusiasm for the sport? Some might say. Yet I have known that obsession from many an afternoon spent at Villa Park which ignited a similar passion inside me, so I do understand it to a certain degree.

It is just a shame that so many other sports are overlooked, especially by the young during their school years.

In my experience, girls played hockey, boys played football, and there were not many other choices than that during my time at school.

The disappointment expressed by many fathers when their sons choose not to play football, but decide that trampolining is their forte, is echoed around the country.

We should all try to remember to encourage our young to succeed in whatever field they choose. Football is not the only way.

There is more to life than football.