This week, with the Women's World Cup reaching the pointy end, some insights into women and football, and sport in general.*
And, finally, a comment on the Palestine v Israel dispute at the latest FIFA Congress.
Sport and Women
Girls Tackle Stereotypes (And Each Other) in US Football League
How FIFA Discriminates Against the Women's World Cup (possibly for the better...)
Is Women in Sport a Feminist Issue?
Women's Star May Have Violent Past
Female EPL Club Owner Shows Men How its Done
Culture Must Change for Women's Game
Prejudice Still Exists
Norway's Team Takes a Shot at Detractors....By Laughing at Them
Power of Sport
This Young Girl Collapses Every Race, But She Keeps Racing
On May 29, The FIFA Congress saw the culmination in the campaign by the Palestinian Football Federation to give the Israeli federation the red card, by kicking them out of FIFA on charges of player discrimination and institutionalised prejudice at some Israeli clubs.
The move towards the vote, which favoured the Palestinian case, was marked by speeches from the Palestinian and Israeli delegates, calling for peace and reconciliation.
Sure, we've heard it all before in this part of the world. But we at The Kick Project believe that there are few vehicles like football for building peace. If we can get the suits and their vested interests out of the way, and allow the game and its stakeholders to play together, then maybe peace can get some traction here, as elsewhere.
"Game on", we say.
*The Kick Project supports women's participation in all sports and encourages considerations for merged football/soccer teams at all levels and ages.