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This year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup will go down in history. The number of teams competing this year doubled, making the competition more exciting than ever. The U.S. had an amazing 5-2 win against Japan, and this made them the first women’s team to ever hold three World Cup titles. There were also 17 out LGBT players and coaches in the Cup this year—17 more than the number that played in the Men’s World Cup last year. Despite all of this, it’s still sort of hard to feel happy amidst the rampant sexism of FIFA. Read More
Hamm is second from the left. Mia Hamm is arguably one of the coolest woman in the history of soccer. Hamm has been playing since she was very young. At 15, she made the U.S. national team, making her the youngest ever to play for the team at the time. When Hamm was 19 she played for the U.S. in the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup.  She retired in 2004, but has remained in the spotlight for her support of soccer. Here are some of Hamm’s most inspiring moments. Read More
On Sunday evening, every single bar I passed on New York’s Second Avenue was packed with both women and men, screaming at the top of their lungs and cheering for the USA in their World Cup match against Portugal. According to CNN, similar scenes were scattered across Iran this past Saturday. Restaurants were packed with fans - both women and men - who were excitedly cheering on their country’s team in the nail-biting match against Argentina.   Yet every single woman there was breaking the law. In 1979, it was deemed illegal for women to attend sporting events. Read More
“I know that football can be really hard to understand, especially for us women, because the female eye can’t actually see spherical shapes. Side note: that’s why high heels aren’t circular,” says Lex Croucher, dripping in layers of sarcasm. I’ve been following Lex Croucher, also known as tyrannosauruslexxx on youtube, since I was 15. I’ll admit, at first I just thought she was pretty and I’m kind of like a bird who likes to look at pretty things. Read More
Unfortunately, the world of sports is one that is riddled with sexism - especially the world of my favorite (and the world's favorite) sport, soccer. The current president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, is infamous for his sexist stances in regards to the game. In 2004, he stated that the women's uniforms should have "tighter shorts" and "low-cut shirts" to for a more "female aesthetic" to make the game more interesting. Because all female athletes need to do is flash their boobs and wear tighter clothing to be taken seriously. Read More
We're not the sportiest bunch, so we just learned that the U.S. Olympic Committee annually elects a "Hall of Fame Class." This year's hall of famers were just announced, and these winning jocks will be inducted in an awards ceremony on August 24th in Chicago. We couldn't help but notice that the class includes some amazing women… Kristine Lilly, midfielder for the Women’s National Soccer Team: Lilly is a three-time Olympian, with two gold medals and one silver. She started every Olympic match of her career and played all but 22 minutes in Olympic competition. Read More
I love soccer. Like, love soccer. I’m an avid supporter of clubs Liverpool FC and the New York Red Bulls, and of the US national teams (men and women) as well. I can’t say why I love soccer – maybe it’s the fast pace, maybe it’s the beautiful passing, maybe it’s the thrill of knowing that a well-fought game can end in a scoreless tie – but I love my teams and I love the sport. I’ve never felt the need to justify that. Also, I’m a woman (surprise, surprise). Read More
Finally, FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, has lifted its infamous ban on headscarves. The ban, created due to “safety concerns,” was instituted in 2007. FIFA has now proposed a  headscarf that is fastened with Velcro instead of pins, and is permitting female soccer players to test them out over a trial period of four months. Read More
  In a total mindf*ck for me and basically everyone  interested in women's sports, sources---from The Guardian to ESPN---are confirming that the Women's Professional Soccer league has been cancelled, even though the United States National team just qualified to play in the Olympics.  The reason seems to be that team owner Dan Borislow, who has a history of clashing with WPS officials, is battling it out big-time with league owners in the court room. Some will try to continue bending it like Mia Hamm  in 2012, but it looks the league has officially been cancelled till 2013. Read More