Norway is ready for the finals of the World Cup. But the Norwegian football association (NFF) acknowledges that it has not succeeded with the integration of minority girls, writes Aftenposten.
All players on the Norwegian women's national football team are ethnic Norwegian.
While the men's national team coach had brought six players with minority backgrounds in the 26-man squad, the women's coach, Even Pellerud, has none.
- We have a chalk-white women's national team, and a lot more colorful men's national team. We must recognize that we have not succeeded in the same way as for the men, says Henrik Lunde in NFF.
In Norway's minority girls are also greatly outnumbered downward in divisions.
- There are little research or studies on the subject, I would have liked some extremely good numbers on it. We did some research a few years ago. Only19 percent of minority girls are playing football, it is much lower than the majority girls, says Lunde to Aftenposten.
Of course, it could have something to do with bare legs, shorts, and Muslim's fear of showing skin. Or that those few who actually play soccer simply are not good enough. After all, it is one of the best women's soccer team in the world, and it would be disgraceful if less good minority girls are picked in the name of political correctness just to add color or culture to the team, wouldn't you agree?
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