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Every year for the last 13 years, when there's a major women's football tournament, I write a piece about it. Every time I do it tends to attract a range of responses ranging from ignorant to cynical to misogynist. It genuinely makes a few people very angry indeed. But here I go again on my own, going down the only road I've ever known, like a drifter I was born to walk alone. Or at least so it seems when it comes to women's football.
I genuinely enjoy women's football. Really, I do. I'm not making it up. I'm not trying to be some sort of touchy-feely pinko-liberal feminist, I just like watching it. No agenda, no nowt. At this level it's often damn good football and it's worth watching for all the traditional reasons we watch football. Yet, given comments previously you'd think this was an act of pretentious feminism designed purely to rile people up, so angry do some get about it. Some seem insulted that it might be suggested that they sully their eyes with what they see as an inferior version of the game, as though they never watch any dreadful male football.
There is a simple fact that needs to be addressed; women are not men, so they don't play football exactly like men. If you can't get past that then you'll never like women's football. If you just wish women were men, this tournament isn't for you because being male is not the required standard here.
We don't decry Jessica Ennis for not throwing, jumping and running as far, high or fast as the male gold medallists, more usually we appreciate that she's brilliant as what she does. We revel in and celebrate her achievements. We get excited when she competes against Europe or the world's best. So it is for me with women's football. I just enjoy it for what it is. Like all football, sometimes it's superb, sometimes it's rubbish, mostly it's somewhere in between.
The 2013 Euros in Sweden have just started and England start their campaign on Friday. England are pretty good at European level and got to the final of the last Euro tournament four years ago where they were demolished 6-2 by Germany. Tonight they play Spain who they usually beat. They also have Russia and France in their group. Germany have won two of the last three world cups and finished runner-up in the last one. They're Europe's finest and look set to make the final this year.
What I like about these tournaments aside from some exciting games is that they're always played in a great spirit. There is no rolling around play-acting, no feigning injury or trying to get opposition players booked. The women leave acting like a spoilt little girls to the men. The pace of the game allows skilful players to flourish and most games are really competitive. The opening matches illustrated this well with Iceland digging out a great draw against the always decent Norway and Holland's 0-0 vs Germany.
You can follow it on Eurosport and on BBC3, red button, and 5live. The UEFA web site also does a good job in collating info and highlights
Women's football is more popular than some of its worst critics might want to think - 16,000 watched home team Sweden's game against Denmark and nearly 9,000 watched Holland play Germany. Elsewhere in the world, it pulls in big crowds for the big games with nearly 50,000 watching the World Cup final. It's pointless to pretend it's supported like the men's game, but it is getting bigger and bigger, starting from a very low base twenty years or so ago.
Women's football was actually banned by the FA in UK from 1922 until the 60s largely because they feared it was getting too popular when over 50,000 turned up to see a game at Goodison Park, with over 10,000 locked out. This couldn't be seen as a positive thing but merely a threat to the male hegemony. That reflects a certain outlook all too well and when you see some of the anti-women's football comments today you do wonder if it isn't still around.
But thankfully, the women's game is no longer defined by its critics - it's self-confident and ever-growing. Negative attitudes to it increasingly look wilfully old-fashioned and out of touch. The fact every game of Euro 2013 is on TV only reflects that. More power to them. England play tonight, I'm sure they'd like your support and they certainly deserve it.