The Pros And Cons Of Mixed Football

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Introduction
The Football Association (FA) has been under pressure to allow girls to play in the same teams as boys since 1978, following 12-year-old Theresa Bennett’s application to play with boys in a local league. In 1991, the FA agreed to introduce Rule C4 to permit males and females to play together in competitive matches under the age of 11. Campaigns from groups such as the Women’s Sport Foundation, made the FA agreed to trial mixed football for the under-12 to under-15 age categories to establish the risk of injury to players in sex-integrated competitions. A series of changes followed: between 2010 and 2014, the age at which mixed football was permitted increased from U11 to U16. In 2015 the FA announced the decision to raise the age limit on mixed football from U16 to U18 which contributed to key changes in football and the possibility of gender mixed competitions. This essay will examine reasons why the introduction of mixed gender football could be damaging to the football association but also change the structure of the games in which males are deemed to have an advantage. It will analyse arguments for allowing mixed gender football such as women having the right to choose but also show benefits of sticking to rules currently in place. Overall the essay will conclude male and female footballers should not be allowed to play and compete competitively with each other because females would face major risk of injury and the development of males would be hindered.

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