Supa Strikas

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Lively soccer cartoon has good lessons, a few stereotypes.

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Educational Value

Supa Strikas intends to enterain rather than educate. However, kids can gain an understanding of Pan-African football. 

Positive Messages

It offers important lessons about being honest, not giving up, teamwork, giving back to the community, etc. Some of the players represent some stereotypical notions about their countries and the people who live there. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Shakes and the other men on the Supa Strika team believe in the importance of enjoying the sport as much as winning, They believe in being good role models and ethical players. Some players and coaches from other teams exhibit unscrupulous behavior, but they usually don't win in the end.  

Violence & Scariness

Soccer matches can be rough at times, but there’s nothing violent. Opposing teams sometimes taunt each other. There are some strong rivalries between players. 

Sexy Stuff

Female fans sometimes lavish attention on players, leading to lipstick marks on players’ faces. This is more humorous than sexual, and will go over the heads of younger viewers. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Supa Strikas is a kid’s animated series featuring a fictitious, all-male South African football (soccer) team. Rival cast members from opposing teams are obnoxious or sneaky, and the rivalries between some of the players can be strong. There’s some mild innuendo that will fly over the heads of young viewers, but plays into a romantic stereotype about men from certain regions of the world. But overall, It offers lots of positive lessons about sportsmanship, honesty, community, and teamwork.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byYeetusDeletus September 8, 2020

Amazing

Honestly I think anyone who is a fan of football (soccer for americans) will love this show

What's the story?

Based on the comic book of the same name, SUPA STRIKAS is a kid’s animated series about the daily journey of the world’s greatest football (known to most American audiences as soccer) team. Lead striker Shakes, midfielder Cool Joe, defender North Shaw, and the rest of the South African team train hard to win the Super League trophy under the watchful eyes of Coach, the team’s manager. But to compete at the professional level, the Supa Strikas find themselves navigating a system of scheming players and unethical coaches. Luckily, some of the greatest past and current footballers in the world offer their advice on how to deal with the challenges they're confronted with.

Is it any good?

This fun series features an all-male, pan-African football (soccer) team, and it underscores the importance of playing than winning. It uses the sport to contextualize valuable lessons about community, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. There’s lots of ball playing action, too. But while the team has grown more diverse over the years, it is decidedly male-centered. Young female football fans may not be as drawn to it as a result, but Supa Strikas may inspire any kid who loves the sport.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the lessons Supa Strikas teaches about football. What makes the team "the world’s greatest"? Is it their athletic skills? Or is it their overall character?

  • Why aren’t there any female players on the team? Can women play football as well as men can? 

  • Is it ever ok to rely on stereotypes to represent people from different parts of the world? What if they are meant to be positive or fun? 

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