ERIC Number: ED366564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Girls Playing Soccer: Resistance or Submission? A Case Study of Women's Soccer in the ACT. A Report to the National Sports Research Centre, Australian Sports Commission.
Traill, R. D.; And Others
This study identifies Australian girls' sports participation and variables associated with participation and dropping out. It describes the sporting experiences, and the decisions associated with those experiences, of a group of girls opposing traditional pressures by participating in a "male" sport (soccer). A survey was conducted of 105 female soccer players (ages 13-18) classified into 3 subgroups (continuing, withdrawn, and new), and interviews were conducted with 15 of the girls. The study addressed factors encouraging and discouraging girls to play soccer; parents' involvement in sport; peer reactions to girls playing sport; gender connotations of sport; role of significant others, such as family members and coaches; and the girls' self-image. The study found that support from young women already playing soccer and from family members was an important factor in the subjects' participation. They chose soccer because it offered fun, friendship, feeling good, and good coaches. They had experienced negative attitudes and verbal intimidation from male peers but had opted to play soccer anyway. The demands of studies was an important factor in discouraging young women from playing soccer. Five recommendations are offered for attracting girls to soccer and retaining their participation. Appendixes provide forms used in the study and statistical data from the study. (Contains 23 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Sports Commission.
Authoring Institution: Canberra Univ. (Australia).