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Research shows that 66 percent of women have been ‘sexually discriminated’ in football

Research shows that 66 percent of women have been “ sexually discriminated ” in football, with only 12 percent reported for fear that complaints will hinder career development

  • The organization WiF reports that there is still sexual discrimination in football
  • Their research shows that 66 percent of women have experienced discrimination
  • While 34 percent of the participants had also witnessed incidents of discrimination
  • Only 12 percent of them were reported for fear it would hinder their careers

The term “ banter ” is still widely used as an excuse for sexual discrimination in football, with two-thirds of women in the game reporting experiences of misogyny, a survey found today.

The Women in Football (WiF) organization’s survey of more than 4,000 of their members found that 66 percent of women had experienced discrimination, 34 percent had witnessed incidents, and yet only 12 percent of these episodes were reported.

And despite clubs and organizations pledging to eradicate sexism, there is evidence that many women who do file complaints find themselves facing career barriers.

Women in football say 66 percent of women in their survey have experienced discrimination

Women in football say 66 percent of women in their survey have experienced discrimination

About 52 percent of women said they felt their complaints were “brushed under the rug,” and an alarming 82 percent said they faced barriers to promotion.

Dame Heather Rabbatts, former FA board member and head of the inclusion advisory panel, told Sportsmail, “We still see gender discrimination in the football world.

“There is still a substantial under-representation of women when you consider the executives who run football clubs.”

The investigation coincides with the relaunch of WiF. They are doubling the number of seats available on their Vikki Orvice Memorial Director Development Scheme – introduced in memory of the trailblazing journalist who died last year – that aims to help recipients secure board positions in football.

34 percent also witnessed incidents, while only 12 percent of these were reported

34 percent also witnessed incidents, while only 12 percent of these were reported

34 percent also witnessed incidents, while only 12 percent of these were reported

Dame Heather Rabbatts also says there is 'under-representation for women' in football roles

Dame Heather Rabbatts also says there is 'under-representation for women' in football roles

Dame Heather Rabbatts also says there is ‘under-representation for women’ in football roles

Rabbatts, one of the founders of WiF, pointed out the survey’s revelation that 82 percent of women now feel supported by male and female colleagues.

“That benchmark wouldn’t have been there when we surveyed members ten years ago,” she said. ‘Women felt much more isolated at the time. It takes both women and men to drive this. ‘

The survey found that 48 percent of women think the incidence of discrimination has decreased over the course of their career, but 16 percent think it has increased.

Women in Football Chairman Ebru Koksal said: “The feedback we have received from women about the issues they face in the industry is heartbreaking.

There is one too many stories about bias, outdated perceptions and downright bullying. There is still a lot of work to be done. ‘

That's why the WiF has doubled the number of available places on the Vikki Orvice (above) Memorial Director Development Scheme

That's why the WiF has doubled the number of available places on the Vikki Orvice (above) Memorial Director Development Scheme

That’s why the WiF has doubled the number of available places on the Vikki Orvice (above) Memorial Director Development Scheme

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