n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Globalisation and sustainability of soccer and higher education : the challenges with special reference to South African soccer

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



Soccer, a sport played mostly by blacks, received a boost when FIFA decided to award the hosting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup (SWC) to South Africa. Throughout its existence over many decades, soccer in South Africa played second fiddle to sports such as rugby and cricket, which were popular with the country's white citizens. This situation was exacerbated by the banning of South African soccer by FIFA. South Africa was excluded from the global soccer community. Deprived of any contact with the international soccer world, it flourished in obscurity. In the past, soccer was not associated with higher education, as it was played by people who did not progress very far with their education. This picture changed with the advent of professional soccer, as a number of younger players furthered their education at tertiary institutions. The readmission of South Africa to the world soccer body opened avenues for local soccer. The World Cup engendered a spirit of togetherness among South Africa's people that will hopefully continue and be used as a stepping stone towards nation-building.

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