UK has recently seen the formation of its first Ligerie Football League, and its founder Gemma Hughes says that it is meant to fight the inequality among the two genders. She says that the league is aimed at creating awareness of the pay gap between men and women players of football. However, there are some who think that the step is sexist and a step backward in the fight for inequality.
Check out the whole story below and decide for yourself whether it's sexist or not.
The Lingerie Football League UK, which was recently launched in Manchester, will consist of women players clad in skimpy outfits, rather than the conventional gear. The team will wear kits similar to those of volleyball players. This will apparently emphasize their feminity.
Founder Gemma Hughes is inclined to believe that the setting up of the LFL UK is a step towards reducing the pay gap between male and female players of the sport of football.
Women's football coaches have criticized the newly-founded league.Tracey Halpin, coach of Denton Phoenix girl's team, said that the LFL UK sets a rather bad impression for young girls wanting to take up the sport. "I think it is sexist for a number of reasons. Why else would men come and watch women play in their lingerie? It wouldn't be to watch them play football. It seems like a crazy, crazy thing. I have worked with 30 young girls, I don't think their parents would be impressed. It doesn't set an impression to young girls this is a reason you should play football. You don't see any men playing football in their underwear. I would say it brings it all backwards."
The website describes its players as "strong and fit, not soft and skinny." The aim here is to create role models for the newer generation. "LFL UK plan to bring about a football revolution in the United Kingdom, by playing in lingerie. "LFL UK will increase public interest in women's football so that women's teams can play to packed stadiums, just like the elite men's football teams."
Here's what Gemma, the founder of the LFL UK, has to say: "What we are doing is bringing women's football into the limelight. If you look at, for example, tennis the women and men receive the same amount of pay. The reason being the women look like women and are not trying to represent the man's game. We are working for the benefit of women. These girls are not models they are real footballers. They have played football all their lives and have never had the opportunity to play to a full ground."