Football has been played in Israel since its establishment in 1948, and before that in what was then called Palestine. This paper refers to a question about the quality of the game: When was/is it better? Usually the answer to this question depends on changes in the rules of the game, and most importantly, changes in the conditions of the situation during the seven decades that this game has been played in Israel –football was and still is influenced by the engulfing environment. This paper leans on “hard data” for 1948 to 2020: statistics about leagues games, statistics about the clubs’ international competitions, and statistics about selection for the Israeli national participation in international contests. The quality of the leagues was measured by the average goals for each season, while the quality of the clubs and the national selection was measured by their achievements (rate of wins) on the pitch. Based on this information, it is concluded that Israeli football has been constantly improving, butat a slow pace, and thus its advancement and its position in the world of football are lower than expected
|Translated title of the contribution
|The grass is greener? The football is better?
|Number of pages
|בתנועה: כתב-עת למדעי החינוך הגופני והספורט
|Published - 2021