On December 1, the Football Scholars Forum held its final session of the year. A variety of essays, articles, blog posts, match ethnographies, and reports formed the basis for an excellent discussion about the impact and aftermath of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
The fútbologists reflected, among other topics, on media coverage and scholarly writing about the tournament; gender discrimination and the need for reform and greater funding of women’s football at FIFA and national FA levels; grassroots development and market forces; and the quality of play at the matches in Canada. Partially reflecting the participants’ interests and experiences, an important portion of the conversation centered on the women’s game in Latin America and on the effect of global inequalities.
Participants: Shireen Ahmed, Jean Williams, Brenda Elsey, Alex Galarza, Andrew Guest, Chris Brown, Danyel Reiche, Gaby Garton, Jennifer Schaefer, Josh Nadel, Martha Saavedra, Melissa Forbis, Sean Jacobs, and Peter Alegi.
See you again in 2016!