Support bias in gendered sports

Leilani Forrest, Reporter

Passing, running, scoring, and strategies. Both the boys’ and girls’ Taylorsville soccer team use these same tactics to win a soccer game but the boys seem to get more attention.

   “Appreciated no, more attention yes because [I] feel like boys sports typically get more attention than girls sports,” says junior and one of the captains of the girls’ soccer team, Kennedy Siddoway.

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   “[…] I just think that since they have been winning their games that they are more appreciated, but other than that, no,” says sophomore and member of the girls’ soccer team, Grace Doney.

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   Sophomore student, Cayelb Martinez, who has been to one of the boys’ games, does think the boys do get more attention and appreciation. Martinez also thinks that the boys’ are more appreciated than the girls’.

   The girls’ soccer team has been put into a region against teams they cannot beat. Last year and the year before they had both gotten mercy-ruled by Herriman High. Varsity has lost all their games, but Junior Varsity has won one: 3-2 against West Jordan. The boy’s season, however, has not yet started. But last year, the boys won their games and even got to State.

   “Yeah, just for the fact they win games and we don’t, but behind the scenes, both teams put in the same amount of work,” Siddoway says about the respect between the teams.

   Doney, however, has a different perspective of respect. Doney says, “Girls because people are finally understanding that we actually play hard, we don’t actually play wimpy.”

   “The boys have been getting more respect because they have been winning their games,” says sophomore student, Derek Jackson. The boys tend to have more people watching their games and supporting them.

   Doney feels the same way. She feels as though the boys get more respect and appreciation/attention not only because they win, but because they’re boys, too. When scrimmaging (A practice game) with the boys, the coach tells them to go easy on the girls, and give them a certain amount of touches they can have.

Not just high school have gender inequalities, but so do professional teams. For example, Real Salt Lake (RSL) and the Utah Royals Football Club (FC). For those who don’t know, RSL is a Men’s Major League Soccer (MLS) team. The Utah Royals FC are the Women’s team of RSL, being placed in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

According to their official website, Utah Royals FC are in fifth place with 35 points, but RSL is sixth with 32 points. However, according to the SoccerStadiumSuggest website, RSL has an average of over 18,000 people attending their games with Utah Royals only averaging over 9,000 people that attend.

Even though Utah Royals FC is higher in rank, RSL still gets more appreciation and more attendance at their games. This shows that just because the Women’s have been winning their games, doesn’t mean that more people will attend their games, and they don’t get enough appreciation or attention.