Changing the Rules of the Game

A Gender Perspective on Sports Allocations in Israel

In Israel, women aged 13 and older make up no more than 19% of the total population engaging in competitive sports. In 2012, women and girls constituted 12% of all athletes receiving allocations in the team categories – ball games – and 34% of all athletes financed in individual categories. In the major ball game categories, a total of 2,111 teams were supported, 460 of which were women’s teams and 1,651 of which were men’s teams.

Women are equally underrepresented as trainers – less than 8% – and as sportscasters; and they constitute a clear minority of only 15% among decision-makers on sports association boards.