Le 30 janvier 2015, 03:48 dans Humeurs • 0
Women’s soccer may present an opportunity to fifa 15 coins utilize what we have termed the ‘institutionalization of primacy’—along with global excellence—that has been a key requisite for the successful perpetuation of any team sport and major league in the American sports space. To wit: it is a given for Americans (as well as for sports fans in the rest of the world) that Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League all represent the ultimate of their respective sports. Indeed, athletes in any of the Big Three and One-half from anywhere in the world must by necessity aspire to play in these North American venues if they want to ‘reach the top’. Yet, the situation for soccer—specifically, on the men’s side—has been exactly the opposite, while soccer itself (again, the men’s game) is exceedingly diffuse in terms of its institutionalization. Unlike the aforementioned major leagues of the Big Three and One-half, there is no single pinnacle in soccer, but instead several competitive forums and institutions that could make a legitimate claim for primacy: each of the elite four leagues in Europe, the European championship tournaments (annually), or the World Cup tournament (quadrennially).
But in terms of women’s soccer, a venue does indeed now exist that fulfils the requisite of institutional primacy necessary for success in the American sports space: the Women’s United Soccer Association, in which not only the best American players compete, but also where the top women soccer players from all over the world may be found (when not playing for their national sides). Hence, in noted contrast to its male counterpart, MLS, the WUSA may quite possibly harness both the forces of nationalism and the requisite of institutional primacy to establish soccer on a permanently firm footing in the American sports space. In doing so, it may also redefine how women’s team sports and their participants are perceived and valued by American society (and, perhaps, in other nations), while possibly establishing a new female milieu of sports spectatorship, following and affect, expanding and changing the ways in which women relate to team sports as fans. Indeed, for women’s soccer to become a permanent feature of American sports as culture (that is, beyond the activity of the participants and the following of a small or modest number of enthusiasts), we have argued that this would have to occur.