Definition Of Sociology Of Soccer Essay

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Sociology of Soccer
In the 1990s Peter Figueroa developed Figueroa’s Framework, a structure to help identify and explain certain factors that affect a person’s involvement and participation in sport. There are a number of barriers on the cultural level that prevent participation in sport including sport dominance in the favour of a particular gender and stereotyping while personality and genes affect involvement at an individual level. Soccer is a sport that has gained a reputation as one of the most successful with over 260 million players worldwide, but the above barriers along with gender inequality have remained a problem over the years. To address these issues recommendations will be made to help improve equity and increased participation in this sport.

Firstly, male dominance is a major factor that effects female participation in soccer. A small survey conducted in class showed that six males had played club soccer at one point in their life as opposed to only one female. Locally there is equal accessibility for both genders to play but since the game is considered ‘masculine’ less females feel inclined to participate which indicates a fault at an individual and cultural level of Figueroa’s Framework. Males in general are very competitive and focus on winning rather than the structure of the game which can lead to females feeling intimidated by the aggression shown. This can lead to lowered participation due to girls not wanting to compete for ball possession and…

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