Some more great stuff from Julie Foudy. US Soccer alone isn’t to blame and this is yet another issue for Infantino to look at as he starts off his presidency. The Women’s game has grown, and I think the Olympics will solidify that idea even more, but it has a long way to go. It starts with FIFA.
Ah, someone else asks the question about giving up salaries. Definitely lots to consider in this situation for all involved. There’s still a few months before the Olympics but I’m not sure it will get fully resolved by then. Who knows though.
This current Women’s league seems to have the best chance of continuing professional women’s soccer in the US out of all the previous versions. Building a fanbase is a big part of that as the league continues to expand etc. Interesting to see how tings with US Soccer may or may not affect all that.
More on the Women’s US Team situation. Couldn’t come from a better source in former player Julie Foudy.
Well. Let’s see how this turns out. Certainly a valid argument for the US Women’s team. They’ve been the money-maker and the better US team for quite some time. There is one interesting thing to note as one of the articles mentioned. The US women’s team club salaries are paid for by the US Soccer Federation, something that’s pretty much nonexistent elsewhere. That’s because the Federation runs the NWSL, the US Women’s league. Some could say that US Soccer might use that as leverage by lessening salaries or saying the ladies will have to get that straight from the clubs moving forward if they want more bonuses, per diems etc for national team play. It’s a bit sinister but possible. The Women could in turn leave the NWSL and play in Europe, which would certainly put the NWSL in danger due to losing their star power. That’s sinister from the too but eye for an eye right? That’s unlikely though as they want to improve the women’s game in the US not harm it. Interesting to hear from the players in that last article. We probably won’t hear about his for a while. Unless, say, the US Women win the Olympics, but you would think things will turn out in these ladies favour. Guess we’ll see.
Not the way you want to increase the profile of the women’s game. Although, I guess all press is good press. This mistake is definitely not a good look.
Really great story here. Definitely worth a read
You would think so. Numbers aside, and the point about the upcoming Olympics is a good one as well, the interest in soccer in the US has grown a lot in general since the 2014 World Cup. Success in 2015 helped and if the US do well again in 2016 then things should continue to progress. Guess we’ll see.
It would have been strange if there hadn’t been any increased interest in women’s football in England after the team’s performance. Still a long way to go yet though.