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Would people still call a women’s soccer match boring if they didn’t know the players’ genders? isitsharp/E+ via Getty Images

We blurred the gender of soccer players and had people rate their performances − with surprising results

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. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is closing its gap with the men’s tournament

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.
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. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

FIFA Women’s World Cup successes reflect gender gap differences between countries

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.
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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Scott Barbour

The upside to Canada being knocked out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup

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. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Women’s World Cup: The epidemic of ACL tears in female soccer players is about more than just biology

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.
Brazil’s Gabi Nunes goes for a header ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Silvia Izquierdo/AP/AAP Photos

Do women soccer players have more concussions? This world cup and beyond, here’s how to keep our players safe

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. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)

FIFA Women’s World Cup: Professional women athletes are still fighting for equitable sponsorship

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? AP Photo/Claude Paris

Women’s World Cup will highlight how far other countries have closed the gap with US – but that isn’t the only yardstick to measure growth of global game

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. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)

FIFA Women’s World Cup: Gender equity in sports remains an issue despite the major strides being made

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.

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