Special report: Women’s soccer stares down change

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The next few months could be the most important in American women’s football history, with significant changes on the horizon for both the NWSL and USWNT.

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big picture: Collective bargaining agreements are tedious, and lawsuits can ensue. But as 2022 draws to a close, the action is there.

  • The NWSLPA will hold talks for its first CBA this season, which comes on the heels of a scandal-ridden campaign that highlighted the need for cultural and structural change.
  • The USWNT is also negotiating a new CBA, while at the forefront of the global push for all gender pay equity. The team’s 2019 discrimination lawsuit against US Soccer is still ongoing.

Background: interested in women’s sports was growing over the years, and there is a feeling that we have reached a turning point.

  • Ratings are rising, coverage is increasing, female athletes are getting more attention and sponsors are spending more money.
  • “Stakeholders on the business side of the game are constantly looking to the next frontier,” said Dan Cohen of Octagon Sports said Washpost. “It’s clearly a women’s game.”

Between the lines: As NWSL and USWNT players pursue transformational change both on and off the field, they can set a new standard for the women’s game not only in America but around the world.

Bottom-line: Cheryl Cookie, editor of the Sports Journal’s sociology, said, “The idea that women athletes are appreciated just because they have an opportunity … we’ve gotten past that point.” said Nerdshala’ Erin Doherty.

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This story is part of a special report on the state of American women’s football. It first appeared on Nerdshala Sports. (Register here.)

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  2. More Americans can name USWNT player than USMNT player
  3. Cindy Parlow Cone: “We’re On The Same Side” On USWNT Equal Pay
  4. USWNT and USMNT fighting for equal pay in CBA talks
  5. Two NWSL teams looking for new head coaches after allegations of abuse
  6. Empowering players is key to the future of American Women’s Pro Soccer


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