Footballing Femininities: The Lived Experiences of Young Females Negotiating “The Beautiful Game”

  • Jessica Francombe-WebbEmail author
  • Laura Palmer
Part of the New Femininities in Digital, Physical and Sporting Cultures book series (NFDPSC)


This chapter looks to advance research focused on the tensions of the postfeminist era and young women’s sports participation, health and wellbeing. Guided by a feminist physical cultural studies approach, we explore girls’ lived experiences of football and the ways their footballing femininities are located within a broader social context whereby sport becomes situated as one competing context within the materiality of the girls’ everyday lives. We demonstrate that football offers a particularly illustrative research setting to explore new modes of female sporting subjectivities in postfeminist times whereby young women, in positions of privilege, articulate sporting choices yet negotiate these alongside their fear of failure and reluctance to risk their ‘Future Girl’ status (Harris, 2004a).


Postfeminist subjectivities Football Education Qualitative methods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for HealthUniversity of BathBathUK
  2. 2.PooleUK

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