I’m not sure if there’s a factual answer to this one, but I’ll stick it here until someone comes along and moves it.
The World Cup soccer finals just ended. Germany won. Anyhoo, it got me thinking about gender differences in sports. I understand that men are inherently better runners or jumpers than women, simply because of larger amounts of muscle. However, I’m not sure soccer is one of those sports. Sure, speed is useful, but is it really that essential? I can’t see why strength or weight would be a huge advantage, but then again I’m not a soccer-player. I’ll happily be corrected on this point.
So, what do you say? Do men have an insurmountable advantage in soccer, provided both genders receive the same amount of training (something that isn’t the case now)?