Английский язык по новостям: Female players get football league in England

  • 18 апреля 2011
Футболистки "Эвертона" с голкипером Тимом Ховардом Правообладатель иллюстрации EVERTON FC
Image caption Голкипер Тим Ховард всегда рад успехам футболисток "Эвертона"

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A new Super League is being launched for some of the top English ladies' teams including Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. England's Football Association is hoping the league will attract more supporters to the sport.

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Women's football - or soccer as it's known in many countries - has been played in England for more than a hundred years. But, unlike men's football, it's always been an amateur game. The new Super League will be the first semi-professional competition for women, with eight teams from across the country competing for the title.

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The players will get paid for their efforts, although their salaries will be nothing like those given to top male football stars. The Football Association says it hopes to avoid uneven competition, where a country's richest clubs get access to all the best players.

Each club in the women's Super League will have a maximum annual budgetof around $400,000. Some clubs, like Arsenal and Everton, will be helped by their respective male clubs, but others are trying to match their incomes by coaching school pupils or raising money through social events.

Organisers are hoping the league will eventually attract the world's best female players and stop England's top stars heading to Germany and the United States, where there are already major professional competitions.

Notes:

  • unlike - в отличие от
  • amateur - любительской (непрофессиональной)
  • efforts - усилия
  • to avoid - зд. не допустить
  • uneven - неравного
  • to match incomes - сравняться по доходам
  • eventually - со временем
  • heading to - зд. отъезд в

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