Epic music plays in the background, but they tell more or less everyday episodes. The players of the category benjamín and alevín (between nine and eleven years old) of the Club Deportivo Avance, a team from Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), staged this December viral video in which they explain the discriminatory treatment that many weekends suffer. The reason is clear: they are a team composed exclusively of girls.
"The worst thing is not to lose, the worst is the deal," says the little Alba, who then gives way in the recording to one of the two coaches, Ana Paris, an 18-year-old girl who makes football compatible with opposition police and with a job as a saleswoman in a department store. "In warm-ups we hear things like: 'buah, if they're girls, you're going to win them,' he says.
"The most serious episode was in a specific match," Paris reports by telephone. It happened one weekend of the month of December. After making comments allusive to the ease with which they would win (which, according to Paris, do not occur in all games, but are not entirely uncommon), the players of the opposing team, with the approval of the parents, were employed too harshly in several successive game actions. Everything, without apology, as is usual in formative football. "They laughed when they threw the players to the ground," recalls the coach.
The bad experience, which added to a series of unpleasant previous episodes, was the trigger for the players decided to record a video that has been distributed in recent weeks by social networks and YouTube accumulates about 20,000 views, adding to those who saw it from the team's account and to those who came through the account of the author, Erika Sánchez.
Sánchez is 42 years old, has worked for more than ten in the media. But, above all, she is the mother of one of the girls. "I always told other mothers that with complaining to each other we were not going to get anything, something had to be done," she says. He had an idea: use his knowledge to tell what happened in video. After writing the script attending to the suggestions of players and coaches, as an expert in the field, she made a quick diagnosis. "Either nobody sees us, or the whole world sees us," he said to the girls when they stood before the camera. It was the second.
"The girls did not put me in any trouble, they got involved in a bombing," says García, who recalls that, at the beginning of the season, she did not believe those who warned her that there were still macho attitudes on the playing fields. "The truth is that we are surprised that these things continue to happen, it does not happen in every game, but you still have to hear from other teams things like, as they are girls, the game is not going to have any emotion."
It is true that the Advance, with more than 150 girls playing in the club, puts the future ahead of the present. Her youngest "E" is one of the few templates exclusively composed by girls in a category in which mixed groups can still be put together. Pablo de Lucas, 65 years old and president of the club, explains this strategy: "What we want is that, over the years, the group go ahead and, one day, the same young players play together in the first team." The model has a cost: the Advance "E" is the last of the group 18 of First of the Community of Madrid after harvesting three points of 21 possible.
"It's normal, the team has just been formed and we are facing teams that have been playing together more time," explains the coach. A look at the rest of the group discards the hypothesis that it is a gender issue: they share last place with a team that has lost as much as they do, and they are only six points from the middle of the table in a group of twelve. .
A repeated story
"This has happened all my life, and in my time it was already happening," says Laura Torvisco, an institution in her club, Rayo Vallecano, and one of the first women he directed from a bench in Spain. Few know better than she the ins and outs of female football in Madrid that the current director of this sport in the Madrid federation: "When I started training young teams in Butarque (Leganés, Madrid) more than 20 years ago, it was even more than now. I think we are taking steps forward. "
The former coach explains that this is a question that has to do, first of all, with education, while pointing out that many cases of this type do not reach the federal authorities. "Although, those who arrive, are especially painful," he says, and remember the case of Andrea, a arbitrator of 15 years that has hung the whistle due to the macho insults received from the stands and from the lawn.
Torvisco points out a way to tackle these attitudes: to value female football figures. For example, the Madrilenian federation has launched Join, a soccer promotion program through which professional soccer players go to schools to give talks and have a little training with the students. It involved Paula Andújar, player of the first team of Rayo Vallecano who did not hesitate to lend her image to encourage boys from schools in the towns of Torrejón and Alcalá de Henares, in Madrid, to give their first kicks to the ball.
Everything, to avoid that videos like the one issued these weeks by the Preview are necessary. Two players of the Advance define the goal to achieve better than any adult. First, Lucia: "We want them to see us in the field only as girls, we want them to see us as players". Ditches the Ariadne question: "We do not want to be treated like princesses, we want, above all, respect and sportsmanship".