Soccer Field Statistics.

by Leslie Morgan Steiner


In their fabulous new book Womenomics, BBC News anchor Katty Kay and Good Morning America correspondent Claire Shipman, make many elegant estrogen-fueled observations about juggling work and family.


There are no real mommy wars!


Most educated women don’t want to quit entirely, we want to use our brains without compromising our families!


Women are more educated than men so we are a white hot commodity!


Every CEO and recruitment manager in the United States must memorize this book.


Here’s my favorite point: The feminization of management seems to protect against financial crisis and lead to higher corporate profits over time, new research shows, because men take more reckless risks at work while women make more cautious decisions.


While it’s a stereotype that men take bigger risks and women are more careful, Womenomics observation is backed up by data from Catalyst, The Financial Times, and UC Davis Graduate School of Management studies.


And by my own research on the peewee soccer fields of Washington, DC.


Saturday morning, mere hours after Katty and Claire’s Friday evening book party, I stood on the sidelines of a muggy soccer field watching a scrum of first graders mob a lonely soccer ball in the last game of the season. My husband is the official coach, but after halftime he asked me to take over so he could head out to coach our 12-year-old’s team. By chance, my Mustangs squad was all girls vs. a scrappy bunch of three boys and one girl.


For half an hour I watched my girls face off against the boy-dominated team. The goal at this age is literally the goal – to place the ball inside the six foot wide Pugg nets. It is amazing how often little kids miss the goal even from a few feet away. Footwork accuracy presents a big challenge for six and seven year olds.


Usually what happens in a recreation soccer game at this age: players comedically cluster around the soccer ball, kicking each other and falling down. Eventually one emerges with a fast break, hopefully heading toward the opponents’ goal. Boys are arguably more physically aggressive, in my opinion – faster, rougher, louder. Most can kick farther. But they very rarely score vs. how many shots they take.


Because at about half-field, if the player is a boy, he tends to shoot. Beautifully, dramatically, with huge shouts of anticipation followed by loud groans of disappointment from players and parents. Amazingly, the boys miss almost every shot.