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An infographic on the history of women’s professional soccer in the United States/Canada. 

Footy love, nikhak

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washpirit:

cranscape:

I did this for fun the other day. Now you can see exactly how shrunken the NWSL is compared to its previous incarnations. It makes me think WUSA blowing all of that amazing outside investment dollars to the tune of 100 million + over three years set the sport back decades. No one is investing even a fraction of that amount since. They are all gun shy. Well, it is what it is. We are starting in the basement now, but I guess at least there is no one to please but fans. No investors to shmooze. Sources for info can be found at the link.

Our first ever tumblr post, thought this was a good way to start!

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Mary Harvey paving the path for us.
Footy love, nikhak
xiquarterly:

“You walk in and the U.S. women’s national team is nothing to anybody outside the United States. They were like “Who are you? And how come Americans play soccer? You seem pretty good. Why is that, because your country isn’t very good traditionally?” “I had to prove everything. Everything that they knew about American women soccer players was based on the impression that I gave in soccer practice.”
- Mary Harvey was the goalkeeper for the USWNT’s winning 1991 World Cup team, and played club soccer for FSV Frankfurt. In Issue Two of XI Quarterly, “Americans Abroad,” she explains what life was like as a pioneer women’s soccer player, on her path to becoming the first female and first American director at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

Mary Harvey paving the path for us.

Footy love, nikhak

xiquarterly:

“You walk in and the U.S. women’s national team is nothing to anybody outside the United States. They were like “Who are you? And how come Americans play soccer? You seem pretty good. Why is that, because your country isn’t very good traditionally?” “I had to prove everything. Everything that they knew about American women soccer players was based on the impression that I gave in soccer practice.”


- Mary Harvey was the goalkeeper for the USWNT’s winning 1991 World Cup team, and played club soccer for FSV Frankfurt. In
Issue Two of XI Quarterly, “Americans Abroad,” she explains what life was like as a pioneer women’s soccer player, on her path to becoming the first female and first American director at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

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Are the rumors true? I’d like to hope so.

Footy love, nikhak

thrace-:iseebeautyinallthings:

That is the resounding message that came from Wednesday’s rather quietly conducted meeting in Chicago between U.S. Soccer and soccer businessmen and women interested in filling the void left by the demise of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS).

Four former WPS teams and current WPSL Elite League, WPSL and potentially, some USL W-League teams would be involved in the new, more modestly budgeted league, which would launch in 2013. The league would consist of 12-16 teams stretching from the East Coast to the West, sources say.

Hmmmmmmm.

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In lieu of the cancelled 2012 WPS season, the WPSL has invited the 5 remaining WPS teams to play in an “elite division” to keep the players/teams active this year. Pretty interesting read. Enjoy!

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I refuse to believe that women’s pro soccer can’t make it in this country. Call me hopelessly optimistic, I don’t care. We will figure it out one day. And believe me, when we do, millions of young girls and boys will be grateful we did.

Julie Foudy  (via beyourself711)

Footy love, nikhak

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Or how about that girl on your middle school squad who rolled her shorts one too many times? Ever wonder what happened to the girls who you have played with in the past? This question dawned on me today. Out off all the teams I have played on I really only kept in contact with a small few. But where did the rest of them go?

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Well said.
Lots of snark in the Twittersphere about the suspended 2012 WPS season.
Hoping that it will come back bigger & better in 2013 [or sooner!].
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Well said.

Lots of snark in the Twittersphere about the suspended 2012 WPS season.

Hoping that it will come back bigger & better in 2013 [or sooner!].

[SMASH]

The legacy of these players in my mind, is not as champions, no matter how many trophies and medals they have carried home. In picking the hypothetical “Individual,” they played a crucial role in bringing down a league, when they were the very ones who could have lifted it up. In my mind, these players have left a far more powerful and memorable legacy than any on-field moment could provide.

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Jun Stinson’s short documentary The 90th Minute is screening tonight in Hollywood.

The 90th Minute takes you inside the lives of three ambitious players with an unpredictable future in the world of women’s professional soccer. In the 20 minute film, Ali Riley, Kim Yokers and Rosie Tantillo share some of the highest and lowest points of their careers as professional soccer players.

Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) is the top female soccer league in the world starring some of the world’s greatest players. But the league has struggled to sustain itself since 2009 and it’s questionable how much longer it can survive.

The documentary sheds light on what it’s like to be a female professional soccer player today – a decade after the 1999 Women’s World Cup when players like Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain inspired girls across the country to play the sport.

December 15, 2011: Hollywood, California

Film Festival Premiere at Newfilmmakers LA – Sunset Gower Studios

Tickets on sale here: newfilmmakersla.com

Has anyone seen this? How was it?

Footy love, nikhak

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The WPS needs to find an investor for a sixth team in order for the league to stick around for a fourth season but chances are looking slim.  In 2009 the league started with 7 teams, since then 5 of those 7 teams have folded. Positively, 3 teams (Philadelphia Independence, Atlanta Beat, and Western NY Flash) have joined the league and are committed to a 2012 season.

WPS Map

(Image from Wikipedia)

I, personally, believe that if WPS folds before the years ends that it will be place a huge impact on the future of women’s soccer in the US. (I suppose that goes without saying.) I believe that on a national level other countries will continue to grow, including several other professional women’s leagues (Sweden, Germany, England, Sweden - just to name a few) - with the world wide growth, the USWNT will ultimately become less of a powerhouse team as they have been over the last few decades. This too could go without saying, as other nations have slowly been sneaking up behind the US for the last few years. But I strongly hope this will not be due to the loss of the WPS…

Can anything be done to save Women’s Professional Soccer?

What others are saying about the possible downfall of the league?

What are your thoughts?

Footy love, nikhak