How can you support female soccer players?
know her name
The Women's World Cup starts one June 7th days, and Canada 🍁 plays Cameroon one June 10th at 3pm !
We are SO excited for the World to celebrate our top female ⚽️ players this June & July.
But first, let's talk about how YOU can support female athletes on the global, national and local stages. Follow along as we post one tip each day this week.
#1 KNOW HER NAME
How many pro female soccer players can you name? How many more males can you name? That's what we thought.
So do some digging and put them on blast. The reporters may not be talking about them, but we can. Start with Shelina Zadorsky, Canadian NT Defender from London, Ontario. Check out her story: https://buff.ly/2HSAcTu
Shelina visited us a few months ago to inspire our Jr Gryphons.
Supporting Female Athletes - Step ✌️ Educate yourself!
What is Gender Equity? Why is it important in Sport?
It's on you to inform yourself about these issues. Whether you're a player, coach, parent, male, female or non-binary person - this is an important topic for all.
Some of our favourite resoruces:
Watch Her Play
The success of professional sports leagues is dependent on profit and a solid fan base. There won’t be a professional soccer league for young girls to strive toward, unless we support it NOW. Young girls need to watch women play professionally, to better understand the game, and believe that there is a pathway for them to get there.
How can you follow/support?
Follow your Idols
Social media is one of the easiest way to directly show support, interact with, and follow your favourite female soccer players. Don’t know any? Start by following a National or Club Team account, and choose players that way. Not only will they earn more money through better endorsement deals, but you’ll demonstrate that there is demand for professional women’s soccer.
Follow Players from Ontario:
Follow the World’s Best:
Support local teams
Only the most elite athletes are fortunate enough to get paid to play soccer. The College/ University route is just as important of a pathway for female athletes who are able to subsidize their education, and continue to play the Sport they love. We are fortunate to have a strong women’s program at the University of Guelph. Their season runs from Late August to Early November. If you’re a coach or parent of a female player, go catch one of their next home games for free. Show support for female athletes while exposing your players to new role models.
Donate to the cause
Globally, female athletes are fighting for equal pay. This era of women’s soccer has been shaped by several tough battles for financial equality lead by female athletes, such as players on the USWNT suing their federation, and Ada Hegerberg, the 2018 Ballon D’or Winner who is refusing to play in the World Cup for financial reasons.
If you are financially able, please consider donating to the cause by supporting Canada Soccer directly.
On a more local scale, you can support the gender equity initiative: https://www.shesgotgame.ca/ to help pay for scholarships for female athletes at the U of G.
“Female coaches are essential to a vibrant and effective sport system. Women bring unique and valuable perspectives, skills and approaches to coaching, and they are particularly important as visible role models for girls and young women.
Yet women are significantly underrepresented in coaching in Canada. Only 25% of coaches in Canada are female. The gap is even greater in many high performance settings, including in university sports and national team coaching.” - CAAWS
If you are a female who loves Soccer, please consider coaching. We need you.
Guelph Soccer Celebrates our Female Athletes and Coaches.
We value your contribution to womens and girls soccer in Guelph.
We want to work together to build a strong community for girls and women to succeed and thrive in the game, both as players and coaches. As women having played and coached, we have learned and gained a lot out of the game and the community; leadership, resilience, confidence, strength, fitness, health etc
We also are aware that sometimes there are barriers for women in sport and we want to work together to break down those barriers and create a safe and supportive space for girls and women to feel they can succeed as players and coaches!
We would greatly appreciate your feedback in the following survey(s) so we can better understand how to create a strong female soccer community. Please fill out whichever survey(s) apply to you.
Thanks for taking the time to complete this. We appreciate you!
Why do Girls Need Sport?
Find out what the Coaches Association of Ontario and Change the Game - Change the Conversation found here.
Change the Conversation.
When girls sit on the sidelines they miss out on more than just working up a sweat. Participating in organized sports and athletics offers girls a better chance at a healthy and successful future.