As the class begins their research for the Women’s World Cup, I thought I would share some interesting information regarding the determinants of women’s football performance. To start, there is not a lot of information. The lack of research on women’s performances makes it hard to have reliable statistical data. However, what is being looked at, I found to be very interesting. For example, some researches are taking the temperatures from the days of every World Cup game from the past 30 years and comparing it the home country of the national team. I never thought a variable like temperature would have an effect on the performance of a soccer team, but some researchers claim to have found “statistically significant” data. Other have tested for the effect of women’s rights index and GDP per capita, which make more sense to me. The variables relating to economics were not always straight forward though. For many nations, higher GDP were associated with better teams. But this model is nuanced, there are many distributions of data that can be tested, which will yield different results. But it would make sense, a country with more wealth will have more disposable income to spend on things like women’s soccer.
To remedy the issue of lacking information on women’s soccer teams and determinants statistics, I challenge all the sports scientists out there to work on a few passion projects for this topic. Also, to finish the class, my team and I will be exploring new determinants of women’s soccer success to add to the already present literature.