To follow up on my concern with how much social media has impacted adult social behavior, it has also affected how kids grow up. Due to shaky economies, parents today have to work several jobs to make enough income to support their families which means that they spend much less time playing with their kids than they should, thereby leaving their kids alone or in the care of others.
The absolute worst experience I have ever had throughout my soccer career was linked to one man, a pseudo-manager, Alen Moharic.
I was 19 years old and had just become a professional soccer player (based on women’s soccer standards) as a player for the first place team in Poland, Medyk Konin.
One of the reasons why women’s soccer in Croatia is not popular is the lack of media coverage. If the media covered event’s in women’s soccer leagues, games and tournaments even 50% as much as they do men’s soccer in every country, the general population would get used to seeing news about women’s soccer and slowly gravitate towards following it.
Up until about 3 years ago all I wanted to pursue in life was a professional soccer career.
Even through the ups and downs, through finishing college and moving from the United States to Croatia and then to Poland for soccer, I was focused on finishing my education and then pursuing a long-lasting soccer career.
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.