Women’s Baseball History (Infographic)

Source: Team Sports

Is baseball your thing? You will be amazed to know that baseball for women was actually conceptualized and made to real since the World War II. Indeed, success is about overcoming adversity. It has started with reluctance but continued to become one of the most loved games both by men and women. Want to know more about the baseball played by women? Check this infographic!

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Soccer’s Embarrassing Gender Wage Gap

Source: Statista

The U.S. national women’s soccer team has enjoyed considerable success in recent years. Despite bringing in more money than the men’s team, however, the women’s national team is still paid nearly four times less. That prompted Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo to take legal action against the U.S. Soccer Federation over pay discrimination in April 2016. Together with her teammates, she filed that lawsuit in April of last year and it is still ongoing. It is going to be difficult for Solo to close the wage gap in a sport where gender inequality is absolutely rampant. Its sheer scale can be seen from a new report from Sporting Intelligence which found that male Brazilian forward Neymar earns more than the top seven women’s soccer leagues combined.

Neymar made a lucrative switch from Barcelona to PSG this year and he will earn $43.8 million for the 2017-18 season from his playing contract alone. That doesn’t include the millions more he is likely to earn from commercial deals and endorsements. The figure is roughly the same as the combined earnings of the 1,693 female players plying their trade in the top soccer leagues in France, Germany, England, the U.S., Sweden, Australia and Mexico. In the U.S. National Women’ s Soccer League, collective earnings only add up to $5.4 million every year by comparison.

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There Should Be No “Women” in Soccer !

Gary Hopkins

Gary Hopkins

Source: Soccer-Biz-USA

This from a father of 2 Daughters

Because the World Cup Final played on Sunday July 5th in Vancouver was not a condescending “aahh ..How nice the girl’s get to play” match. It just might have been the savior of a sport , the press are portraying as: mired in controversy; full of financial shenanigans and with a credibility lower than a Greek Banker.

  • Firstly, for the soccer dinosaurs out there, let’s destroy the myth that this was “just” a Women’s World Cup Final.
  • Tell me the first 15 minutes were not as exciting as any we have seen in years.
  • Tell me Carli Lloyd’s 50 yard goal was not as good as any witnessed recently.
  • Tell me the exquisite “execution” of Holiday’s volley was not soccer perfection.
  • Tell me the tackling,ferocity,and commitment of both teams lacked anything.
  • When they got knocked down…they got back up again (quickly!)
  • When they got “cut” they were patched up and came back on.
  • When they were inconsolable their teammates (and country) picked them up.

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If you did not watch this World Cup Tournament you missed out on games full of excitement,entertainment,honesty (sure there were a few dives here and there!) with a freshness, intensity and dare i say it “purity” that seems to be slipping away in the modern game.

This was soccer at its best…not “Women’s” Soccer…just Soccer (or futbol/football if that’s your preference).

The legacy of this tournament is not about “girl power” or “entitlement”: no, the true legacy is one of recognizing the tremendous technical skill, lung-busting fitness, tactical smarts and a relentless commitment to the only cause that mattered: winning the World Cup.

These players did the soccer world proud and as a tournament it now stands alongside Brazil 2014 and all other major tournaments to follow.