Today we live in a day and age where life without social media and electronics is unimaginable, even though the frenzy around them did not start that long ago. As much as I love to use social media to catch up with old friends and family whom I live far away from, I hate how dependent people have become, letting social media curve our society and behavior. It’s getting worse and worse with each generation; I can already see a big difference between myself, a 24 year old, and kids that are only 2 years younger than me.
My club soccer team, ZNK Teleing GMT Beltinci, was the reigning women’s soccer club in Slovenia for 5 consecutive years with each 1st place title in the league and Women’s cup title, winning pretty much everything there was to win – all of which ended May 28th, 2017 when we lost the final and deciding game of the season and conceded goal in the last minute of the game, taking away everything we worked for all season
The basis of the USWNT’s argument for equality was clear: they deserve better payment in comparison to the Men’s National Team based on their achievements. So, what exactly did it take for them win? Well, it took perseverance and good lawyers.
The document used to bind the US Soccer Federation and national team players is called a CBA, or Collective Bargaining Agreement. A CBA is a special type of commercial agreement, usually negotiated “collectively” between a company (in this case USSF) and trade unions
Known as the “Trofej Nogometas” in Croatian, on June 8th, 2017 the Croatian Player’s Union (HNS) organized its fifth annual “Football Oscars” awards ceremony for the best soccer players on the regional and international level. Players of the Croatian 1st men’s league voted for the best goalkeeper, referee, 11 players of the Croatian league, best player of Croatian decent at the international level and several more.
I am 24 years old and as I get older my perspective and mentality in life is manipulated by real-life experiences and gradually changes. I assume that this is very normal and that while it happens to me it must be happening to others as well, but I’ll tell you generally what I’ve noticed.
The United States Women’s National Team is one of the best soccer teams, and actually THE best at the moment, in the world. They have done what a lot of other “professional” players dream of…not only have they achieved high success in world cup competitions but they also have the leverage to use against their federation to fight for women’s equality in the soccer world: they have power.
This year, from July 16th to August 6th, 2017, the Netherlands is hosting the UEFA Women’s Euro Cup!
Have you seen any commercials promoting the event? Have you even heard that it is going to take place? Do you know what teams are going to be playing and how many there are?
As kids all of us have been told to chase our dreams and never give up. At some point in our adolescent lives, however, we really start to wonder if it is really true or just a cliché. Usually those negative thoughts sprout after some type of disappointment, loss or failure and at that point it becomes clear how a person reacts to discouragement – which is a key psychological characteristic of success – those who give up after being discouraged will never succeed. As time goes on, some people learn how to deal with that failure, disappointment, loss or discouragement…and others turn away from and avoid it.
There is a boundary around women’s soccer – you could even think of it as a wall similar to the one that President Donald Trump wishes to build on the American border with Mexico, except this one is invisible and somewhat flexible. The boundary I am speaking of is based on culture, and as time goes on and people and cultures adapt, so does the boundary. Nonetheless, this cultural boundary acts as a hurdle that needs to be jumped…
At the end of the day, or a long-lasting career, it’s not financially worth it!
At some point in a woman’s soccer career she is faced with a difficult decision: keep playing or focus efforts in a more profitable career?
This dilemma for female players becomes apparent much earlier in their careers than a man would consider leaving the game and the main reason for that is because men can make stable money from soccer even at an early age and especially at higher levels than women can…