– Advertisement – A gender inequality row has erupted in football after the FA doubled down on its decision to close girls’ academies during lockdown while boys’ academies have been allowed to remain open.The move has sparked anger and concern in the women’s game, particularly as it closely follows the decision to halt the women’s FA Cup until after lockdown is over, while the equivalent men’s competition has been given the green light to continue, despite also involving non-elite teams.- Advertisement – It is understood that the government would have allowed girls academies to remain open, as per their guidance which stipulates that an elite athlete is any person “aged 16 or above on an elite development pathway”. Alex Culvin, a former professional footballer and now a lecturer in sport business at the University of Salford, told Sky News the decision was “ridiculous and separatist and indicative of the FA’s interpretation of women’s football”.Leading football pundit and former player Alex Scott also said she would work to get answers about the FA’s decision.“We must do everything to stop inequality like this,” she wrote on social media.Sky News has contacted the FA for further comment. This issue has rightfully been flagged to me today. Will do all I can to look into this and get some answers. We must do everything to stop inequality like this in our amazing game whilst simultaneously ensuring the safety of everyone. https://t.co/ZVXLs9YMbq— Alex Scott MBE (@AlexScott) November 6, 2020 “I don’t know who makes these decisions but they clearly don’t realise how far the women’s game has come,” Helen Ward, a footballer for Watford FC Women, told Sky News.“I can’t get my head around it, it sends a really bad message and instils the belief in the next generation that boys’ football is more important than girls’.”The FA said in a statement after the controversy erupted that all academies belonging to Womens’ Super League clubs would have to remain closed until at least the end of the national lockdown on 2 December, because it deemed their resources “do not meet the necessary ‘elite’ protocols”.- Advertisement – But boys’ academies, some of them based within the same facilities, will be allowed to remain open.“I think it is hard to say it’s anything other than gender inequality,” said Ward.“It shows a total lack of regard for the women’s game and we risk losing young girls to the sport forever because four weeks is a long time off.”- Advertisement –
— Boys tournament action continues tonight with Class 3A substate semifinals and Class 1A district finals:== 3A Substate 2Iowa Falls-Alden at Clear LakeBallard at Algona== 1A Substate 2District 3 championship at Garner — Lake Mills vs. West HancockDistrict 4 championship at New Hampton — Turkey Valley vs. Janesville== 1A Substate 6District 11 championship at Parkersburg — Garner-Hayfield-Ventura vs. Meskwaki Settlement SchoolDistrict 12 championship at Ankeny — Madrid vs. Ankeny Christian Academy Click here to view the full pairings for the girls state basketball tournament CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa clinched a share of the Missouri Valley regular season crown. A.J. Green was one of five Panthers in double figures with 21 points in an 84-64 win over Evansville. Despite the victory UNI coach Ben Jacobson told administrators earlier this week they would not be cutting down the nets.The Panthers have also clinched the top seed in the Valley Tournament.It is UNI’s first regular season championship since 2010.UNI can clinch sole possession of the title with a win at Drake on Saturday. == West Hancock makes a return trip to the state tournament as they cruised to a 67-28 win over Panorama in the Class 2A Region 3 championship game in Fort Dodge last night. Amanda Chizek had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Eagles, with Rachel Leerar adding 18. West Hancock is the second seed of the 2A tournament and will face Logan-Magnolia at 10 o’clock next Wednesday morning. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa women vs. Minnesota — pre-game 6:15, tipoff 6:30AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com, Radio.com app — Class 3A boys substate semifinal — Clear Lake vs. Iowa Falls-Alden — pre-game 6:45, tipoff 7:00 == Osage jumped out to a 20-7 lead after the first quarter and held off Emmetsburg 67-60 for the Class 2A Region 2 championship in Garner last night. Sidney Brandau led four Osage players in double figures with 23 points, with Dani Johnson added 18, Ellie Bobinet having 12 and Melanie Bye adding 11. Osage is the fourth seed in the 2A state tournament and will face fifth-seed West Branch on Tuesday night at 8:30. — St. Ansgar, Osage and West Hancock all punched their tickets to the girls state basketball tournament with regional championship wins last night:== For St. Ansgar, it’s their first trip to the state tournament since 2001 with a 60-51 win over Central Elkader in the Class 1A Region 3 championship game played in New Hampton, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. The Saints outscored Central Elkader 24-13 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Coach Scott Cakerice talks about the team’s final quarter adjustments in trying to contain their star Hannah Erickson.Cakerice says he’s elated to see the Saints girls basketball program headed down to the state tournament for the first time in two decades.Hali Anderson had 24 points while Madison Hillman added 12. The Saints are the fifth seed in the tournament and will face the fourth seed Montezuma next Wednesday afternoon at 3:15 in the Class 2A state quarterfinals. WINNEBAGO, NEBRASKA — Both NIACC basketball teams had little problem in their games at Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago Nebraska. The top-ranked Lady Trojans got a career-high 48 points and 17 rebounds from Autam Mendez on their way to a 120-41 win, giving NIACC their second-straight Iowa Community College Athletic Conference regular season title. Mendez’s 48 points is the second-highest single-game point total in Lady Trojans history. The NIACC men also beat Little Priest Tribal College 100-86. Both NIACC teams finish the regular season at home on Saturday against Southwestern, a doubleheader that you’ll hear starting at 1 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO. == Bishop Garrigan of Algona made it four teams from the Top of Iowa Conference to qualify for the girls state basketball tournament as they beat East Buchanan 63-46 in the 1A Region 2 championship game last night in Hampton. Garrigan is the third seed in the 1A state tournament and will face Martensdale-St. Marys on Wednesday night in the 1A quarterfinals. IOWA CITY — Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder believes a strong finish would allow the Hawkeyes to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The 18th ranked Hawkeyes are 13-3 and in third place in the Big Ten heading into Thursday night’s game at home against Minnesota.The Hawkeyes are 22-5 overall in what was expected to be a rebuilding year.Iowa won the first two games of the NCAA Tournament at home last year.Tipoff tonight in Iowa City is scheduled for 6:30, with the pre-game at 6:15 on KGLO.