Women's Soccer History Essay

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For much of history soccer has been a man’s game. Women’s soccer had a rough start in the United States. As the 21st century comes to an end, the US is arguably the top country in the world for women’s soccer, however it got off to a late start. European countries had leagues and competitions as early as the 1930’s; in the United States organized women’s soccer did not take root until the late 1970’s (Litterer). After women’s soccer did take off, it took of with a vengeance. It had enormous support at the youth and amateur levels. The fan base skyrocketed and after two World Cup titles and a gold and silver medal in the Olympics the US dominated the world in women’s soccer. However, the road to this success was an interesting one. In the nineteenth century historians documented informal village competitions in England and Scotland between the women of the towns. This type of play is known as “mob” games (Orlian). By the early 20th century women were playing informal games in Great Britain, France, and Canada in defiance of civil and religious authorities (Litterer). During World War I the Dick, Kerr factory in England organized a women’s team…show more content…
After a scoreless match against China in the finals, the US scored on a final penalty shot and won the game. The game itself had an attendance of 92,000 screaming fans (Litterer). The game was as close as it could get. Neither team could get an advantage. It came down to a penalty shot by Brandi Chastain who put in the winning goal (Radnedge). This event took women’s soccer to a whole new level. The team made the covers of major magazines, and the front pages of the major newspapers (Orlian). The entire country, not just the soccer community now recognized women’s soccer. Attendance for the Women’s Cup totaled 658,000 for an average of 38,000 fans per game. TV ratings for the final were higher than the men’s final in 1994

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