What can men’s football learn from the Womens games? (Jonas Eidevall)

Q&A interview with Arsenal Women’s Manager Jonas Eidevall by Michelle

While the full Arsenal Womens squad was training at the Adidas HQ in Germany, Jonas Eidevall was asked some questions, that came in via the Arsenal Women’s Twitter account.

Jonas shares his picks for the three players who would make good managers, how he ensures the whole squad stays motivated, and what men’s football could learn from women’s football.

Here are two of the Q&A´s from the interview:

  1. WSL teams have added lots of new players therefore making it difficult to predict how they will play. How do you prepare for the unpredictability of facing teams with so many new players? + Do you think as our team has stayed relatively the same that others will be more prepared?

“Remember that no opponent is predictable.  It´s not the most important thing in football. The important thing is quality. And quality in football comes from having really deep relationships on the pitch. For having a really good shared mental model of how you want to play the game and that requires time. So, good football teams require time together. So for me that´s an advantage and not a disadvantage”

  1. What do you think men’s football could learn from the women´s game?

“I don’t know but I have to say when I was working during the Euros I thought it was a great experience going to a lot of the stadiums being sold out games, and to see how families could go there and enjoy themselves and you didn’t have any abusive behaviours or any violent behaviours around the stadiums.  And, as a football fan I thought that was very, very nice to experience and I think that´s the way that football should be.  Football should be passion. Football should be energy.  But it should also be family friendly, so football can be for everyone to enjoy”

What do you think is the difference between the mens and womens games?

Click on the link to hear more from Jonas.

Michelle Maxwell

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  1. The really key question , which was what could men learn from the womenes game. was deflected with a non real answer. FAIR ENOUGH, AS JONAS REALLY HAD NOTHING MAJOR HE FELT HE COULD SAY IN A PUBLIC FORUM. I have long felt that the mad excess of warlike testosterone which makes so many of we males EXTREMELY aggressive, is something that women do not suffer with, as they have, by comparison, only tiny amounts of testosterone.

    Testosterone , is in my considered opoinion the most deadly substance, causing wars, hatred and fueling stupidity in so many males.

    1. I disagree.
      These kinds of sweeping statements are discourteous, unscientific and lack perspective.
      The role of testosterone in behaviour may be suitable for reasoned debate. However, I think it would probably be more suitable for a different forum to this. The evidence evidence base for any viewpoints could then be appropriately scrutinised.

      1. “However, I think it would probably be more suitable for a different forum to this”
        You’re probably right, David – I might have kept quiet if I’d seen your post first.

      2. DAVID. How can you possibly see my post as being discourteous? To whom exactly?

        Surely not to all males, as that would be a ridiculous assertion. I point out obvious fact That men have a lot of testosterone and men start and fight wars, both in actual battle and in aggressive attitudes to life in general. Women, by and large , do not.

        That is one prime reason – there are of course others too- why mens prisons are far more numerically common than womens prisons. To argue with facts is foolish and to deny plaintruth. I have not disagreed that I am generalising; that is surely obvious.
        But as I say, “in general” men ARE far more aggessive by nature and much of that nature is directly related to testosterone.

    2. There is definitely truth to what you say here, but given that testosterone and aggression exist as part of the human condition, isn’t it important to think in terms of channeling it properly? It may be that the most important contribution that sport makes to modern society is that it provides a way to channel aggression into something non harmful, at least for the most part.
      We also need to be aware that this desire for wars and aggression still exist in other societies – it’s easy while our societies are relatively comfortable to believe that wars of aggression will not be made against us again, and we’ll never again need the kind of toughness that previous generations were forced to show. I’m not sure that’s true.
      This isn’t too make excuses for bad behaviour from fans or anyone else, I just don’t think it’s useful to think in terms of testosterone=bad. We need to be balanced in how we think about these issues imo.

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