Opportunities for Success in the Sporting Field Based on the Division of Gender
University of Wales
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The current study has shown an insight into the personal views of three female and three male elite footballers, of which represent a top Welsh club. The purpose of this study was to explore if gender had an affect or influenced an individual’s opportunity to become successful in football. The project explored integral themes surrounding the world of football today. Key aspects covered include the influence of the media, gender order in society and sport, professionalism, and gender roles within football. The intent of the literature review was to draw upon previous research within this study area, with this a qualitative approach was chosen for this study, where primary data was collected through interviews. This approach allowed the researcher to spend quality time with individuals being interviewed, allowing the interviewer to cover and probe individuals about certain topic areas relevant to the research question. The results suggest that within the sport of football, the amount of opportunities for females has improved over the years and nowadays it is evident that females have a lot more opportunity to become involved in the game through coaching and refereeing. The results also indicate that in regards to a professional career improvements have been made, but this pathway still seems unlikely for a female footballer to follow.
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