Would people still call a women’s soccer match boring if they didn’t know the players’ genders?
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A common criticism of women’s sports is that female players aren’t as entertaining or skilled as their male counterparts. Two researchers decided to put this notion to the test.
Spain’s Alexia Putellas, Jennifer Hermoso and Irene Paredes, from left, celebrate with the trophy at the end of the Women’s World Cup final between Spain and England at Stadium Australia in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 20, 2023.
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The Women’s World Cup is emerging from the shadow of its male counterpart, breaking attendance records and drawing a global audience.This surge in popularity is a win for gender equality.
Showing sexism the red card.
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The jokes, memes and skits came thick and fast – but behind the humor were serious points.
Jordan Henderson is one of several big-name footballers who have moved to the Saudi Pro League.
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Money talks, and sportswashing often works. Some of football’s biggest names now call the Saudi Pro League home.
Spain’s Esther González holds the trophy celebrating at the end of the Women’s World Cup soccer final between Spain and England at Stadium Australia in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 20, 2023.
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By examining the FIFA Women’s World Cup performances, we can gain insights into the efforts countries are making to address gender inequality beyond sports.
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Have you found yourself liking sport for the first time and wondering how you got here? Here’s what might be going on – and why it might be the best thing for your wellbeing.
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On August 6, the Australian Diamonds won the Netball World Cup for the 12th time – but it received a fraction of the coverage the Matildas are getting.
Canada’s Vanessa Gilles reacts at the full-time whistle after losing their Group B soccer match 4-0 against Australia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, on July 31, 2023.
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The implications of the Canadian women’s soccer team’s World Cup loss goes beyond Canadian national pride.
Canada forward Janine Beckie watches after attempting a shot during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women’s soccer match against the United States, Feb. 16, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.
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Gender disparities in sport extend to injuries too. Female soccer players are at greater risk for ACL tears than males and it is clear immediate action is needed to address the non-biological factors for the injury.
Fluctuations in sex hormones are associated with inflammation peaks and troughs. These could potentially influence athletic performance.
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Data suggests most professional sports experience some form of home ground advantage. But it’s not straightforward.
Brazil’s Gabi Nunes goes for a header ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
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Many concussions in soccer occur when two players compete to head the ball. But extra technique training, modifying how we play the game, and more ‘red cards’ help cut the risk.
A United States women’s national team member takes a shot during a FIFA Women’s World Cup send-off soccer match in San Jose, Calif., on July 9, 2023. Sponsorship and marketing deals with women athletes are often performative and exploitative.
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While positive change has been seen, especially surrounding this year’s Women’s World Cup, there is still much work to be done by organizations governing women’s professional sports.
The end of the glory years for the U.S. Women’s National Team?
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The US national team is the favorite going into the tournament in New Zealand and Australia. But growth in the global game has seen others catch up.
France’s Estelle Cascarino, right, kicks the ball past Australia’s Mary Fowler during their friendly soccer match in Melbourne, on July 14, 2023, ahead of the Women’s World Cup.
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While the 2023 Women’s World Cup might be the best yet for women in terms of investments and viewership, there is still room for improvement for the 2027 World Cup.
Women are twice as likely as men to tear their ACL, and it’s not just because of physiological differences.
It’s the biggest sporting event in Australia since the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
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In the lead-in to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, it is revealing to look back on the media coverage of women’s international soccer.
The successful Australia-New Zealand bid for the Women’s World Cup made much of the tournament’s potential to build the game for girls and young women. History suggests this is easier said than done.
Karim Benzema – taking the money and running into the box.
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French soccer star Karim Benzema will join Ronaldo in the Saudi Pro League, and others may follow.