Strategic Effects of Woman Fans on Football Matches


Dr. Lale ORTA ,

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Volume 1 - August 2012 (08)


With the slogan of “Beautiful game will stay beautiful”, the Turkish Football Federation designed a project to be implemented in the 2011-2012 season, for enabling “Women and children under 12 years of age to go to matches free of charge”, with intent to make contributions to the future of football, increase interest, prevent violence and disorder, dissuade ugly and bad cheering, and create an atmosphere enabling families to easily watch events. Allowing only women and children to watch the matches, which have been ordered by theTurkish Football Federation to be played without spectators in the 2011-2012 Season, began with Fenerbahce’s home match against Manisaspor. It was thought, said and written by the public opinion that Sukru Saracoglu Stadium would not be able to be filled up in any way; and that maximum 5-10 thousand spectators would attend the Fenerbahce-Manisa match played on September 20, 201. However, a first was experienced in the spectator history of the world, and Sukru Saracoglu stadium was packed with 41,663 women and children. In 2011-2012 football season, eight matches were played in the Super League, with the attendance of women and children fans. Our study is intended for ascertaining whether women and children spectators have positive effects on matches. In this context, the numbers of yellow cards, red cards, goals and match results of the matches played with women and children fans were compared with that of the matches played between the same teams in the same season. It was tried to determine if the spectators were effective on the numbers of yellow cards, red cards, goals and match results, during the matches attended by women and children fans. As a result, we can say that less yellow cards are shown in the matches played with the attendance of women and children fans, and consequently, matches are played in a more sportsmanlike environment and in accordance with the principles of Fair Play. Mass violence events are not observed in or around of stadiums, for the matches attended by women and children fans. Football will obtain a new visage with th e new fans it gained/will gain. Preventing violence and disorder, dissuading ugly and bad cheering, and creating an atmosphere that enables families to easily watch events will enable football to reach the desirable level, and beauties in a shorter time. Women should not exist only in stadiums but also everywhere related to football... 


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