Research Seminar Series in Sport Sciences, Malmö University | 23 Mars 2015: “World Cup Football as a Catalyst for Change: Exploring the Lives of Women in Qatar’s First National Football Team – A Case Study” with Kelly Knez

The venue for this seminar is Orkanen, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10, room E121c, on Monday, March 23, 13:15–15:00. The seminar will be in English.


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World Cup Football as a Catalyst for Change: Exploring the Lives of Women in Qatar’s First National Football Team – A Case Study

Kelly Knez
Department of Sport Sciences, Malmö University


In 2012, five Qatari women participated in a qualitative research study, which aimed to explore the negotiation of opportunity to be members of Qatar’s first national women’s football team. Qatar is a conservative Islamic country which is experiencing rapid modernisation. Part of this modernisation includes the increasing visibility of sport, for example the successful bid for the 2022 men’s Football World Cup. In response to this bid, the first Qatari women’s national football team was established in 2011. The project was positioned within a social constructivist framework. Five out of 12 squad members, over the age of 18, volunteered to participate in semi-structured interviews. Interview questions probed the women’s experiences and influences on their opportunities and journey to membership in the national team. From a thematic analysis, issues such as the management of gender norms and the influence of significant others dominated the data. This research indicated that the women’s agency enabled them to manage their situation with a range of strategies and to change attitudes towards women footballers. The winning of the bid to host the men’s World

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