Alisha Lehmann gave an explosive interview to TalkSport where she talks about the difference between men’s soccer and women’s soccer. She believes men’s and women’s soccer are perceived differently. And that women’s soccer will always be second class when it comes to treatment from fans.
“I don’t think you can compare like anything between women’s and men’s football [soccer] because it’s just so different how people look at us and how people look at them.”
On being asked if women’s soccer is treated as second-class. She responded:
“It’s just not the same. Women’s football is always second-class. I don’t think you’ll ever be first class because I think a lot of people still think that men’s football is the first priority.”
The Aston Villa women’s soccer player was very clear in her views. She thinks fans do not even consider women’s soccer as soccer. However, she hopes this day and age of social media will bring about a welcome change in society.
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“They don’t think about women’s football and I think that’s a big problem. Now social media is really helpful because people actually see, oh, we play football, we can play football.
“When they come to their first game, after they say ‘oh it’s not even that bad’ they’re surprised but people judge before they even saw the actual game.”
The WSL star is one of the most well-known and influential soccer players. The Swiss professional player has over 12 million followers on Instagram.
Alisha Lehmann hopes the FIFA Women’s World Cup will push women’s soccer forward
Lehmann has stated that she is hopeful that people will start noticing women’s soccer more after the FIFA Women’s World Cup. She said, “I hope that in the summer when we play the World Cup it’s a big, big thing. I hope that will push women’s football more forward.
“We just need to live in the moment and appreciate what we have now and obviously grow it.”
FIFA Women’s World Cup draw:
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The 2023 FIFA WWC is set to begin in July. It will take place in Australia and New Zealand with 10 host venues in nine different cities. 32 teams will take part in the competition from six different confederations. The official mascot’s name is Tazuni. According to FIFA, Tazuni is a portmanteau of the Tasman Sea and ‘Unity’.
Lehmann will represent her nation Switzerland at the FIFA WWC. The Swiss have been pegged with New Zealand, Norway, and the Philippines in Group A.