Barely has the FIFA World Cup 2010 ended, but the Germany 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup is about to begin: July 13-August 1, 2010. In this 5th Women's U-20 World Cup (the FIFA Women's World Cup began in 1991) 16 teams of women under 20 years old will compete : Nigeria, Ghana, Japan, Korea Republic, Korea DPR, Costa Rica, USA, Mexico, New Zealand, Brazil, Colombia, England, France, Sweden, Switzerland and host Germany are qualified.
This tournament began as a U-19 one in Canada in 2002. Since then it has been held every 2 years, in synchronization with the World Cup, and in 2006 became the U-20. It has been held on 4 continents so far:
2002 Held Canada Winner USA
2004 Held Thailand Winner Germany
2006 Held Russia Winner Korea DPR
2008 Held Chile Winner USA
This years's schedule begins with the Group stage on July 13 to 21, followed by the Quarter Finals July 24-25, and the Semi-Finals July 29. Both the 3rd place and the final match will be held on Sunday August 1.
Canada v Saudi
Canada 1 Saudi 0
The Canadian/Saudi presence is reversed compared to the World Cup, yet is still among the referees:
|CAN||Carol Anne CHENARD|
As others have pointed out, fitness and sports are part of a healthy lifestyle, including social activity, and foster socialization skills that are applicable in various areas of life. It is a commonplace of the analysis of women in the workplace to say that women lack the socialization skills necessary for success and advancement because they traditionally have not played team sports to the extent that men have. Therefore they have more difficulty handling competitive situations, being collaborative as a team yet still personally competitive, being able to handle both success and defeat, being able to "play their position".
I agree with that up to a point, although it is changing as there is greater development of girls' and women's sports infrastructures, including in sports previously reserved for boys and men, like football/soccer, ice hockey, baseball, and North American football, along with the more established basketball and volleyball. I also think the workplace is changing, and that in any case the same skills can be acquired in other ways, or are offset by skills traditionally seen to be held by women more often: collaboration, delegation, multi-tasking, communication, conflict-resolution. If one were to stick with the analogy, it could be argued that women would need to acquire the particular desirable skills by playing on men's teams since they need to be socialized to a still male-dominant workplace. Or perhaps, all would be better off playing at least some co-ed sports, as both genders function in the workplace and women are rising to the upper ranks of their fields.
While women in Saudi have access to private sports facilities, and fitness centres, it seems there is little infrastructure for team sports, like early classes, house leagues, and competitive leagues beyond what schools might offer. Certainly ongoing participation after adulthood, and particularly after marriage and children seem more counter-cultural than in some other cultures. Yet this is also true generally of traditional, and Arab cultures. Somehow I doubt that co-ed sports will be organized any time soon.
What opportunities are there in Saudi for organized sports for women?
What opportunities are there where you live?
How much advertising goes in to women's events as opposed to men's?
What are the advantages, disadvantages of team sports for women?
What is your impression of the place of organized team sports in building socialization skills?
What has been the impact in your own life of organized team sports (for men or women)?
Have you participated in co-ed teams sports?
How was that similar or different?
Any other comments, thoughts, experiences?
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