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Last Updated: Friday, 17 June, 2005, 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK
Women's football - good or bad?
Has Euro 2005 changed how people perceive women's football?

We asked four of our users, a mix of fans and sceptics, to watch the tournament - read on to see if they have been converted...

Check out the views of Greg
Greg
Women's football sceptic

God bless the Confederations Cup, a chance to see some good football.

Germany aside, the football in Euro 2005 has been below par but I won't dwell on that as I've covered it already.

All I will say is this, you can't deny that the quality of the play has been sub-standard - it's there for all to see.

I personally found it as exciting as watching Peterborough get relegated, which so far has been one of the lowest points of my year.

The FA claims the tournament has been a huge success with the crowd numbers and TV viewers.

Don't get me wrong, it's good news, but they are playing at a time when there is no other football on TV, so there wasn't much competition for viewing figures.

I've been told I have been too critical of the players for which I apologise.

The work rate overall has been superb and there are some good players.

Germany's Birgit Prinz, Conny Pohlers and Sandra Minnert are great.

England's Rachel Yankey and Kelly Smith are also very good and I particularly liked Faye White's aggressive play at centre back.

If there were more players of this calibre the games would have made a good night in.

So does the future look bright for women's football in England after this tournament?

It has certainly improved, but with the towering competition of the men's league I can't see a professional women's league forming in the foreseeable future.

And after the Confederations Cup I'm sure the Euros will be a very distant memory.

Check out the views of Tony
Tony
Football fan

Has my opinion changed on ladies football? If anything, I would say it has improved slightly.

Until this tournament, I hadn't seen a lot of the other nation's footballing talents.

Now I have seen the best the women's game has to offer and I must say that I remain very impressed.

Yes, I am disappointed by the England team's showing.

I expected them to go further and I always thought the Sweden game would be the pivotal fixture for England's Euro 2005 dream.

England failed against the Swedes and it was all over for them.

Other teams have played some excellent football in some great matches.

People will still compare the men's game to the women's game which I think is unfair.

The level of skill and entertainment was very high.

Yes there were some very sloppy passages of play and I agree that the men keep the ball better and play a much better passing game.

I noticed some things that the men might learn from the girls though.

Did you see ANY of the players in this tournament surround the referee and act like spoilt school kids?

No, that's right - you didn't!

Something else the girls showed the boys how to do properly was how to wear their hair bands and still look good.

And did you see any of the girls roll over and over on the ground after being hit with a late or hard tackle? Not once!

Come on lads. Get up and stop rolling around on the floor.

Remember, you're the ones claiming football is a man's game...

Check out the views of Laura
Laura
Potential women's football convert

From what little I caught of the tournament, I have to say I was impressed by the skill of the players.

It seems Euro 2005 has been a big step forward for getting women's football more widely recognised and young women interested in participating.

To be honest, the tournament hasn't dramatically changed my view of football as a whole, but it has made me aware of the differences of the women's game and the importance of its existence.

Congratulations to the England squad on their achievements in the tournament.

Certainly from what I saw in the opening match, there are some very talented players in this county.

I hope they continue to inspire young women to take part themselves and schools to consider giving more opportunities to young women.

And I also hope the high standard of women's football that has been played throughout the tournament can be maintained.

Check out the views of Andy
Andy
Sun sports journalist

England involved in another big summer football tournament and what do we get?

Disappointment and despair.

It seems the women are just like the men - unable to pull it off when the occasion demands and the stakes are high.

If the female game is to flourish, the girls need to offer something different from their male counterparts.

This was just more of the same from the country that gave football to the world but cannot seem to take it back.

In fact, they proved even WORSE.

Beckham and his boys at least got beyond the group stages in Portugal last year.

Maybe that is where the two codes are somewhat diverse.

On a brighter note, plenty of goals. Whether that's down to precise shooting or shoddy defending is debatable.

My female friend and football fan insists it's the latter.

Thirty six goals in eight games up to the semi finals is impressive and entertaining at least.

These are Andy's personal views, and not necessarily those of The Sun newspaper




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