“They think we’re bad because we’re girls. But most have seen us play now so they’ve shut up.”
‘Like a Girl’ focuses on newly formed Harlow Town Ladies Football Club and begins with asking the question: if the ladies are currently top of their league and unbeaten, why did it take almost twenty years for the town to form a womens’ team?
Caris Rianne’s documentary uncovers the unfortunate journey it can sometimes be for young girls who long to play football. With a lack of coaches, teams folding on a yearly basis, it’s no wonder that statistics show that many girls quit playing football between the ages of 12 and 15.
Harlow Town Ladies aren’t the only team who open up about their experiences, as the documentary also features Sumners Youth Football Club who speak about their struggle with confirming fixtures and the lack of other girls teams to play.
The film also explores the difficulty of being the only girl on a boys team, negative comments at school, homophobic slurs and the lack of supporters at their games, the two episodes highlight the frustration felt by these girls.
The series doesn’t just explore the negative side of women’s football, but also the best part – being able to play the game that you love. With charming interviews and two talented teams, Like a Girl shows that if you believe in what you do, you can accomplish it.
View the trailer below and the two episodes here.
Director/Producer/Writer: Caris Rianne