Mothers in Football
Mothers in Football
There are few mothers in women’s football. Time for a debate and a different attitude towards children, advises former star player Celia Sasic who is currently enjoying life as a mother.
“Women can get children and if you want to have women playing in your team, you must also realize that they can get pregnant and have children,” Sasic told FIFPro.
Sasic quit football in 2015 after the World Cup. She was 27 and at the peak of her game. The German striker (111 caps and 63 goals) was the top goalscorer at the World Cup, had won the Champions League with FFC Frankfurt and would later be honoured by UEFA as best player in Europe and by FIFA as second best player in the world. Sasic was also a member of the first ever FIFPro Women’s World XI.
Now Sasic (28) is sitting down, with daughter Mila next to her, telling that being a mother is “better than expected. It is the most beautiful thing in the world.”
“Football is my passion and I still play it, on a lower level, but the life I had envisioned with my daughter has become a beautiful reality. I have substituted one beautiful thing for another.”
Sasic voluntarily quit football to start a family, however she pleads for a structure in women’s football that allows female players to be both a mother and a footballer.
“I believe that we have never been confronted with this in Germany and therefore people have not really thought about what they could do. Things such as day care during training, a baby sitter, taking children to away games. Next to that, people must change their mindsets. Women can get children and if you want to have women playing in your team, you must also realize that they can get pregnant and have children. I have heard stories about clubs considering including clauses in contracts prohibiting female players to become pregnant. It is sad that they want to write such things in contracts. Having kids is no handicap, it is beautiful. “
“I think in Germany they are not as far as they are in other countries, like the USA, Canada, Norway and Sweden were players do have children and still play professional football. I had often noticed when we were away with the national team, that other teams did have children with them and they were no distraction to anybody.”
“I must also say that I never really spoke with a club that I was planning to become pregnant. I did speak with some players about pregnancy, how it would function, I spoke about it with Fatmire Lira Alushi, who also wanted to have kids. We talked about how great it would be if we could take our kids with us.” Alushi, a 29-year old former German international, also quit football and is a mother too. On the other hand, you also need your partner. The question is when you are on the road a lot, what happens then. Does the child travel with you or will it stay at home? Women’s football hardly pays anything. It would be different if it would pay so much that your partner can travel with you.”