As the 2018 World Cup games kick off in Russia this summer, the world also wonders how the summer games will affect Russia’s birth rate in nine months.
When it comes to sporting events, die-hard fans tend to feel passionate about their team in more ways than one. Studies have proven time and again that sporting events can affect birth rates. But why? Big, exciting sporting events like the World Cup influence human emotions to make fans, even bandwagon fans, feel relaxed, euphoric, and celebratory –– and sex is the perfect way for fans to channel their boisterous energy.
When it comes to sporting events, the World Cup is one of the largest, and it seems to correlate with bumps in birth rates around the globe. This event is the biggest international men’s football (soccer) tournament that’s played every four years. With a following that far exceeds the Olympics, it’s easy to see why this event could have such a profound effect on national and regional demographics.
One of the most cited instances of this phenomenon when it comes to soccer is Germany’s third place finish in the World Cup in 2006. You may be thinking, but they didn’t win the World Cup? You’re right, but Germany was the host of the games in 2006, leading to the country’s heightened sense of excitement that summer. Also, for Germany’s team, a third place finish is something to celebrate too.
Nine months after the games concluded, Germany experienced a spike in birth rates. A survey from Die Ziet, a German national newspaper, cited as much as a 30% increase in some areas compared to the previous year’s stats. Such a spike led to these children being dubbed “The Klinsi Generation” after Jürgen Klinsmann, the team’s coach at the time.
In 2010, South Africa was the World Cup host and experienced an increase in boy births from the previous year. Researchers noted that there were 1,088 additional boys born nine months after the World Cup, which is a significant change in the country’s trend of male to female births around the same time. Because of the statistical significance, researchers noted that this rise couldn’t be by chance and pointed to the World Cup event as the cause for this rise in boy births.
The World Cup isn’t the only soccer tournament that’s affected birth rates.
In 2009, Spain experienced a 16% increase in birth rates after the FC Barcelona team won the UEFA Champions League. The children born nine months later were dubbed “The Iniesta Generation” after the team’s player Andres Iniesta who scored the winning goal against Chelsea.
More recently in 2016, Iceland’s Landspitali University Hospital set a record for the number of epidurals administered in their maternity ward nine months after Iceland’s team won an unexpected match against England in the Euro Cup. Iceland is a small island and it’s reported that almost 10 percent of the country’s citizens traveled to the game while 99.8 percent of TVs in Iceland were tuned into the game.
As teams take to the pitch in June this year in Russia, it will be interesting to see if Russia or other winning countries experience this demographic phenomenon.
While the average penis size isn’t indicative of a country’s birth rate, wondering how men stack up internationally isn’t a question only reserved to soccer stats. Wondering whether your penis size is above (or below) average is something that men continuously wonder since, for men, sex and anatomy, including penis size, are inextricably linked to the idea of “manhood.”
While we know that being a man means so much more than just penis size, we know that men (and women!) are curious to learn what the average penis size is.
To make your World Cup banter more interesting, here are the statistics about average penis size by country according to the qualified teams in the 2018 World Cup.