I’m not sure those are “Cheerleaders” in the sense the OP meant. Japanese “cheerleaders” are people who actually lead cheers. American “cheerleaders” are today essentially eye candy - attractive women or teenaged girls who dance so male fans can ogle them, and who represent the team at community functions.
Canada has cheerleaders at football at basketball games, just like the U.S.
Prep schools in Northern Mexico have cheerleaders (“porristas”). I’m not so sure about the rest of that country, The North of Mexico tends more open United States influence, and middle class schools have basketball and American football as well as soccer.
My niece is part of a competition squad. Not all cheerleaders are vapid airheads or sex objects. Their uniforms are full coverage and convey self respect and professionalism. Also, they must maintain their grades to continue on the squad. Being attractive is not a prerequisite. Being an athlete and dedicating time and effort are.
In England I’d only associate cheerleaders with Rugby League ( not the same as Rugby Union that most people in the world are used to watching). I’ve never been to such a game but my g/f says that at the last RL International she was at (England Vs All Blacks) there were two groups of pretty girls doing their thing on the pitch
I don’t like sport but I could lose my citizenship for not correcting this. The All Blacks are RU. They retain a Godlike staus so one can not muck around with the name. They are currently on a winning streak so I could be deported if I didn’t I didn’t educate a Pom or two :D.
I believe the RL team is called the Kiwis (they are not so important so if I am wrong I get to stay). RL does seem to have Ra-ra girls though. The Warriors are the only NZ team in the AFL and they have cheerleaders…I think. I never managed to watch a whole game but I believe I saw short skirts.
To the best of my knowlege the AB’s don’t have cheerleaders. RU is all about being manly men…they don’t need no darn girls. Of course I can’t watch a whole game of that either so things may have changed but I think the Haka is the only Ra-ra the AB’s need.
The warriors play in the NRL-and yes they have a cheer squad… the Skycity Cheer team is the official Auckland cheerleading outfit-supporting both the Super 12 side and the NPC team… while there is only a very small base here in Kiwiland, the sport is growing, and they even had a nationals here a little while back…