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Le foot au service des femmes


Mathieu Ropitault / Journaliste. William Dupuy / Photographe

« Jamais mon père ne m’aurait autorisée à faire du football dans ma jeunesse. Aujourd’hui, il est le premier supporter de mes deux filles footballeuses » constate Naïma Zahou, secrétaire générale du Club Espoir Safi, le premier club de football féminin créé à Safi au Maroc. Si le football est considéré comme un sport d’hommes dans l’inconscient général, les mentalités changent. Dans le royaume chérifien, il y a quinze ans, c’était un tabou pour une fille de jouer au foot. Mais il existe depuis 2002 un championnat national marocain de football féminin. Dans une société encore dominée par les hommes, les femmes ont trouvé dans ce sport un nouveau moyen d’émancipation. Les joueuses du Club Espoir Safi sont les actrices et les témoins de cette évolution des moeurs.


 

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The Club Espoir Safi is the first women's football club, created in Safi, a town to the North of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. The players train twice a week on a consolidated half-size standard pitch.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Imane, 24 years old, student, left fullback. Has been in the club since 2000. Despite her parents' support, she won't play for that long. "As soon as I am married I will probably give up football to devote myself to my husband".

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Imane, 24 years old, student, left fullback. Has been in the club since 2000. Despite her parents' support, she won't play for that long. "As soon as I am married I will probably give up football to devote myself to my husband".

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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The Club Espoir Safi is the first women's football club, created in Safi, a town to the North of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. The players train twice a week on a consolidated half-size standard pitch.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Somiya, 22 years old, student, right fullback. Has been in the club since 2005. Parents let thir daughters join the football club due to its excellent reputation. "My sports teacher saw me play and told me about Club Espoir Safi".

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Somiya, 22 years old, student, right fullback. Has been in the club since 2005. Parents let thir daughters join the football club due to its excellent reputation. "My sports teacher saw me play and told me about Club Espoir Safi".

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

William Dupuy / Picturetank DUW0271680

The Club Espoir Safi is the first women's football club, created in Safi, a town to the North of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. The players train twice a week on a consolidated half-size standard pitch.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Hakima, 33 years old, public lighting engineer, mid-field defender, captain. Has been in the club since 2004. It is often tough for women to combine family life with a sporting life. "My future husband lets me play, which is why I love him".

Safi, Haiti - 15/06/2009

 

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Hakima, 33 years old, public lighting engineer, mid-field defender, captain. Has been in the club since 2004. It is often tough for women to combine family life with a sporting life. "My future husband lets me play, which is why I love him".

Safi, Haiti - 15/06/2009

 

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Warming up before the match.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Zineb, 21 years old, student, midfield attacker. Has been in the club since 2005. When successful, football is a form of upward social mobility. "I dream of signing up with one of the big European clubs to help my family".

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Zineb, 21 years old, student, midfield attacker. Has been in the club since 2005. When successful, football is a form of upward social mobility. "I dream of signing up with one of the big European clubs to help my family".

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Club Safi Espoir is a pioneer. Since it was created, four other female football teams have been set up in the town, allowing a real regional championship.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Kenza, 16 years old, high school pupil, left midfield. Has been in the club since 2008. Macho mentality started to change about 10 years ago. "My grand father is one of my fans, even though he never let my mother play".

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Kenza, 16 years old, high school pupil, left midfield. Has been in the club since 2008. Macho mentality started to change about 10 years ago. "My grand father is one of my fans, even though he never let my mother play".

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Women's football is still marginalised and it is sometimes hard to find proper pitches to train on. It is common to see women playing in parks.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Sanaa, 21 years old, student, fullback. Has been in the club since 2003. Sanaa was born into a family of footballers. However, he father admits that he has never seen his daughter play. "When I was young I played football in the streets with the boys".

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Sanaa, 21 years old, student, fullback. Has been in the club since 2003. Sanaa was born into a family of footballers. However, he father admits that he has never seen his daughter play. "When I was young I played football in the streets with the boys".

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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The Club Espoir Safi is the first women's football club, created in Safi, a town to the North of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. The players train twice a week on a consolidated half-size standard pitch in the Chankit area.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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The Club Espoir Safi is the first women's football club, created in Safi, a town to the North of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. The players train twice a week on a consolidated half-size standard pitch in the Chankit area.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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One of the girls' bedrooms. High heels and studs.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Far from being tom boys, the players are women who worry about their appearance.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Before the match the players pamper themselves and do their hair and make-up.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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The players prove all the way onto the pitch that they can be sporty and feminine.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Well-deserved rest at half-time. Football isn't just a hobby as the club, which is currently in the regional championship, is aiming for the national one.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Proof that things are changing : the women play as well as the men nowadays, and the men are often surprised by the high technical level of their female opponents.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Women no longer play football in secret. They even challenge the men to a game on the beach.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Above and beyond the sporting side of things, the training sessions are an excuse to leave the family nest which is the beginning of their emancipation.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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The players are above all competitors. They celebrate, as is only proper, a match that they won easily.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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A group prayer before going out onto the pitch.

Safi, Morocco - 15/06/2009

 

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Loin d’être des garçons manqués, les joueuses restent des femmes soucieuses de leur apparence.

Safy, Morocco - 15/06/2009

Sujet réalisé avec le journaliste Mathieu Ropitault.



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