The Role of Football in Promoting Gender Equality

In a sports landscape where gender equality is an increasingly central theme, many organizations are making significant commitments to improving the way they operate. These changes range from developing their sport at grassroots level for women and girls, to creating their own gender equality strategies; setting diversity targets; training their staff on how to deal with inappropriate behavior; and ensuring that they promote a gender-equal culture.

As a consequence of this progress, female athletes are becoming more popular with audiences and sponsors; gaining more opportunities to manage teams; and even starting their own successful businesses. In addition, the media coverage of their sporting achievements is growing, which has impacted on how men and boys perceive the roles and norms of sports participation.

Breaking Barriers: Football’s Role in Promoting Gender Equality

Unfortunately, UFABET มือถือ เข้าสู่ระบบตอนนี้ have not yet embraced this opportunity to demonstrate a positive stance on gender equality and, as a result, are causing further harm by reinforcing negative stereotypes about women in sport. An example of this is the recent comments by Northern Ireland women’s team manager, Kenny Shiels, who criticised his team for conceding goals in quick succession because they were ‘ more emotional’ than their opponents.

Even though all stakeholders could have nominated a woman to sit on the WFC, the decision to select only male representatives is symptomatic of the fact that privileged men do not consider themselves ‘in need’ of the gender-equal representation required by FIFA and other governing bodies. It also demonstrates the need for further cultural change and entitlement training to ensure that gender equality becomes more than an aspirational goal for the Australian football community.