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July 18, 2023

Kick off: Get excited for the FIFA Women’s World Cup with these items from the library collection

We’re getting excited about the FIFA Women’s World Cup coming to Australia and New Zealand this month! If you want to get into the spirit of the game, you can check out some of these soccer related resources from the library collection. 

Personal Score: Sport, culture, identity by Ellen van Neerven 

From an award-winning First Nations author, a ground-breaking examination of sport’s troubled relationship with race, gender and sexuality.

Under the lights and in the dark: untold stories of women’s soccer by Gwendolyn Oxenham. 

Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer takes an unprecedented look inside the lives of professional football players around the world – from precarious positions in underfunded teams and leagues, to sold-out stadiums and bright lights. Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Gwendolyn Oxenham tells the stories of the phenoms, underdogs, and nobodies – players willing to follow the game wherever it takes them.

The development of women’s soccer: legacies, participation and popularity in Germany by Henk Erik Meier 

While women’s soccer has risen in popularity around the world, research reveals persistent gender discrimination and marginalization of girls and women in the sport. Applying policy feedback theory and econometric analysis, this volume explores the lasting impact of different regimes of gender discrimination on the development of women’s soccer in Germany. Taking reunified Germany as an ideal case for examining the long-term impact of policy legacies, the book explores how the different systems of gender discrimination in divided Germany have influenced the participation and popularity of women’s soccer.

Women, soccer and transnational migration edited by Sine Agergaard and Nina Clara Tiesler 

Estimated participation figures of almost 30 million worldwide make soccer the most prominent team sport amongst girls and women. However, making a living as a female player is only deemed possible in approximately 20 out of around 150 FIFA-listed women’s soccer countries. This has led to a situation where highly skilled sports women have to migrate from their homelands to find employment with a professional team. Women, Soccer and Transnational Migration represents a substantial contribution to our knowledge on the development of women’s soccer, to research into sports labour migration and sport and globalization more broadly.

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: media, fandom, and soccer’s biggest stage edited by Molly Yanity and Danielle Sarver Coombs 

This book examines the most prolific international womens football tournament – the FIFA Womens World Cup – through media, fandom and how mediated women’s soccer can improve on a global scale. Women’s soccer has exploded in terms of media exposure, television audiences and live spectatorship. This book explores those macro-level issues, while also digging into micro-level topics such as Megan Rapinoe’s celebrations and political activism, VAR reviews, LGBTQ imagery, and cultural obstacles for women’s football in Central-Eastern Europe and Nigeria.

Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America by Brenda Elsey and Joshua Nadel 

Latin American athletes have achieved iconic status in global popular culture, but what do we know about the communities of women in sport? Futbolera is the first monograph on women’s sports in Latin America. Because sports evoke such passion, they are fertile ground for understanding the formation of social classes, national and racial identities, sexuality, and gender roles. Futbolera tells the stories of women athletes and fans as they navigated the pressures and possibilities within organized sports.

Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women’s Soccer by Timothy F. Grainey  

Though it burst into public consciousness only with the 1999 World Cup, women’s soccer has been around almost as long as its male counterpart, flourishing in England during and after World War I. From the rise of women’s soccer following Title IX legislation in the early seventies to the watershed 1999 World Cup performance that turned the American team into instant celebrities, soccer is now the most popular sport for girls and women, with participation growing exponentially worldwide. Beyond Bend It Like Beckham presents the first in-depth global analysis of the women’s game – both where it has come from and where it is headed.

Bend it like Beckham: the musical – Original cast album. Music by Howard Goodall; lyrics by Charles Hart. 

Enjoy the songs from this West End musical based on the 2002 film. 

Kicking center: gender and the selling of women’s professional soccer by Rachel Allison 

In Kicking Center, Rachel Allison investigates a women’s soccer league seeking to break into the male-dominated center of U.S. professional sport. Through an examination of the challenges and opportunities identified by those working for and with this league, she demonstrates how gender inequality is both constructed and contested in professional sport.

Equal playing field directed by Amirose Eisenbach, Tamara Rosenfeld

Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure as 30 female soccer players from 24 different countries summit Mount Kilimanjaro and descend into the Dead Sea, to play the highest and lowest elevation soccer matches ever played. With their powerful backstories woven in, we watch as these courageous women band together to play the most challenging games of their lives. Striving to spread awareness for gender equality, these women fight to set a new Guinness World Record.

Cold sweat directed by Soheil Beiraghi

Afrooz is the captain of the Iranian National Futsal Team, a women’s indoor soccer team. A long-held dream to play the Asian Games final is shattered when Afrooz’ husband imposes a travel restriction on her. Furious, Afrooz stands up against the patriarchal Iranian system. But will she win this battle?

Never say die Matildas directed by Helen Barrow

Never Say Die Matildas follows the Australian Women’s Football Team during a rollercoaster year in which, against all odds, they become one of the nation’s most successful sporting teams. From missing out on a spot for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing to making the quarter finals in the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007, the resilient team, coached by Tom Sermanni, fought to the bitter end on the field and represented Australia with tremendous pride. Never Say Die Matildas is an up-close and personal account of the passion, dedication, sacrifice and skill required by these players to perform at an elite level.

Zanzibar soccer queens directed by Florencer Ayisi

In the Muslim country, Zanzibar, women’s activities are severely curtailed. This is a portrait of a feisty group of women who have defied the cultural constraints by playing a man’s game, soccer, giving reign to their competitive spirit, and defining new roles and identities for themselves in a predominantly Muslim society. Clerical disapproval has meant that there is a lack of women’s teams with which to compete so the women must sometimes play against men’s teams.

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