"Coaching soccer is a man’s job!" – The influence of gender stereotypes on structures for recruiting female coaches in soccer clubs

Schlesinger, Torsten; Weigelt-Schlesinger, Yvonne (2013). "Coaching soccer is a man’s job!" – The influence of gender stereotypes on structures for recruiting female coaches in soccer clubs. European Journal for Sport and Society, 10(3), pp. 241-265. Waxmann

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Statistics published by the German Football Association indicate that women are significantly under-represented amongst soccer coaches, especially in the amateur leagues. In this paper we analyse how gender stereotypes influence the structural conditions surrounding the recruitment of coaches to soccer clubs that contribute to the exclusion of women from coaching positions. A qualitative study of five selected soccer clubs which are members of a German regional soccer association reveals that informal and personal decision-making practices still play a fundamental role in the recruitment of coaches. These practices undermine formal guidelines and give disproportionate weight to stereotyped preferences in the recruitment of soccer coaches. In this context, decision-makers' (functionaries') professed support of women largely serves a symbolic purpose and creates an illusion of equality concerning decisions that have already been taken at an informal level.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science III

UniBE Contributor:

Schlesinger, Torsten and Weigelt, Yvonne

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

1613-8171

Publisher:

Waxmann

Language:

English

Submitter:

Rahel Spring

Date Deposited:

20 Feb 2014 16:57

Last Modified:

05 Oct 2017 19:30

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

female soccer coaches, gender stereotypes, sports organisations

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.40504

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/40504

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