World Man Cup

Posted by – June 22, 2010

No, really: why do so many cool people watch World Cup? There isn’t one woman on a team anywhere, & if any other industry were so blatant in its discrimination, so many people wouldn’t watch, & might actually be out protesting.

Not having women on World Cup teams isn’t discrimination, you say? How, exactly? Are the try-outs open to women? As far as I know (& I’m willing to stand corrected), there is no “separate but equal” league, or set of teams, that gets the same kind of attention, that represents their home countries on the world stage.

I will confess that it’s no skin off my nose not to watch because I don’t really like sports (and I’ve certainly got no truck with a field full of athletic men in shorts).

I’m not for quotas or lowering standards – though I’d ask my liberal friends to consider how full of shit that argument is when you apply it to any other category of human competition – just for opening the try-outs to women.

2 Comments on World Man Cup

  1. cleoofthefbi says:

    There is a Women’s World Cup that has a similar format…. (http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/index.html)… though it has not been going as long and involves fewer teams at present (16 rather than 32). It takes place every 4 years (next one, Germany, 2011), and was in the USA in 2003. I wouldn’t argue it’s ‘equal’ on all the criteria you mention; it gets a much lower level of attention in the mainstream and sports media worlds, for one), but it does exist.

  2. Leah B says:

    I can’t vouch for whether tryouts are open, but a world cup soccer player is going to be in that top 1%, or less, physically speaking. Draw the bells curves of various physical measurements between men and women and I’ll bet there’s little intersection. Take running speeds, for instance. In Olympic sprints and runs, the Gold-Winning women often have speeds lower than the men in last place. And they’re doing the exact same thing. Hip shape and musculature play a large part in this (or so I’ve read). Measures of upper body strength show similar results. Both of these are important in soccer. For some positions, height matters as well (Keeper, center midfielder, strikers to a lesser extent).

    This isn’t to say that there aren’t potentially very exceptional women who could compete well on a high-level team, but the odds don’t seem likely. Nonetyheless, if the tryouts are closed, that’s a problem. It would be amazing to see a woman break through.

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