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Offline sbahnhof

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The FA, kids & crowds
« on: July 17, 2017, 09:06:25 AM »

Why the FA's promotional strategy needs to change, and how:


Kids Go Free: Why Branding Women’s Football as ‘Family-Friendly’ may do more Harm than Good
Ceylon Hickman discusses how the FA Women’s Football Strategy targets the wrong audience in the attempt to grow the game.

- ateamofjohnosheas.com/2017/07/14/kids-go-free-why-branding-womens-football-as-family-friendly-may-do-more-harm-than-good/



This article seems to address something that's been bubbling under for years. But what do you think? What is the family/non-family split like at games you've seen? And what is your recommendation to improve the match atmosphere?
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Re: The FA, kids & crowds
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 01:27:51 PM »
if u have season ticket for the male counterpart of the club , then you get free access to womens games , does this happen up north over the equator..
do the clubs work hard with girls grass roots clubs/teams ? do they ever do community work up north ?

players seem to be invisible .
Still best to happen in the summer.

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Re: The FA, kids & crowds
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2017, 10:00:01 AM »

Relevant to this subject:

I preferred watching the ladies game before it went WSL- it was a pleasure to watch but now its gradually getting like the men's game, cut throat commercialism. Play acting is creeping in and arguing with refs was evident in this tournament [the Euros] but on the whole the players give 100% and try to play honestly .You can still stand next to opposing fans at matches and enjoy friendly banter without any argy bargy or getting a bottle thrown at you- Dont go much for Man City fans having said that- they make a constant din through out the game- and it is just a loud racket that diminishes any enjoyment.

So, they're... noisy during a match?

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Re: The FA, kids & crowds
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2017, 06:11:33 PM »
banging drums and yelling constantly during a match with 700 fans or so is not conducive to an enjoyable experience. I had the England band in my ear when USA played at Mk and had to move. Some people like it but it aint for me.
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Re: The FA, kids & crowds
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2017, 06:14:43 PM »
the atmosphere during holland v England was very quiet at times- i heard when Samsom ripped his shirt....

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Re: The FA, kids & crowds
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2018, 01:49:03 PM »
Looks like a while since the last post, but I couldnt agree more with the article. Whichever gender the players are, football Is a predominantly male sport and culture. To grow the game, the primary target market must be the same people who turn up to matches in the mens game. Thats who watches football. If young women also turn up, then, terrific!

The last womens match I was at, as a man I sort of really didnt want to be there. The kids made me uncomfortable, the mothers made me uncomfortable, and I realised why the lads dont want to go to matches (specifically going there as opposed to watching it on TV/online). We want to chant, swear, drink beer, whatever, like we do in the mens game. And the spectators werent football fans - it was quiet, and if you shouted encouragement it sounded almost out of place!

No proper football supporters want to be trapped in that environment. And when Lucia Bronze came on, she smiled at me, seeming to appreciate my encouragement/Bronzermania, cos I was the only one who cheered. If football supporters are going to attend, they need to feel as comfortable and unified as they do at male matches.