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Author Meier, Henk Erik, author

Title The development of women's soccer : legacies, participation and popularity in Germany / Henk Erik Meier
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2020


Description 1 online resource (x, 154 pages)
Series Critical research in football
Contents Germany as a natural experiment for the future of women's soccer -- The development of girls' and women's grassroots soccer -- Stadium attendance in women's league soccer -- The popularity of the women's national soccer team -- How female will the future of soccer be?
Summary "While women's soccer has risen in popularity around the world, research reveals persistent gender discrimination and marginalization of girls and women in the sport. Applying policy feedback theory and econometric analysis, this volume explores the lasting impact of different regimes of gender discrimination on the development of women's soccer in Germany. Taking reunified Germany as an ideal case for examining the long-term impact of policy legacies, the book explores how the different systems of gender discrimination in divided Germany have influenced the participation and popularity of women's soccer. It analyses the development of grassroots girls' and women's soccer in different regions, and examines the development of the semi-professional Frauen Bundesliga and the popularity of the national women's soccer team, which serves as the most important outlet for women's soccer in Germany. Drawing on these analyses, the book assesses the impact of policy legacies, identifies key challenges for the future of women's soccer and offers some practical directions for future development. The evidence presented in this book suggests that the sport has experienced substantial long-term growth but is now in a period of stagnation. The book argues that discrimination against girls' and women's soccer has long-lasting effects and that the policy priorities adopted by soccer's governing bodies, local clubs, as well as TV operators have huge significance for the longer-term development of the game. This is fascinating reading for students and researchers of sport sociology, women's sport, sport economics, sport development, sport management and gender studies as well as decision makers within the soccer sector. It is also a valuable resource for scholars, policymakers, sport officials and women's soccer activists"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Henk Erik Meier is Professor of Social Sciences of Sport at the Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Munster, Germany
Restricted: Printing from this resource is governed by The Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations (UK) and UK copyright law currently in force. WlAbNL
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 16, 2020)
Subject Soccer for women -- Germany -- History
Soccer for women -- Social aspects
Feminism and sports.
Soccer -- History
Soccer -- Social aspects.
Soccer players -- United States
Soccer players -- Germany
Feminism -- Germany
Language and culture.
SPORTS & RECREATION -- Sociology of Sports.
Feminism and sports
Language and culture
Soccer for women
Soccer players
Soccer -- Social aspects
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author Routledge (Firm)
LC no. 2019056630
ISBN 9780429341403