U.S. Soccer Announces Title Next Pledge As Part Of Federation’s Celebration Of 50-Year Anniversary Of Title IXU.S. Soccer to Celebrate Progress Made Due to Title IX at USWNT Matches in Denver and Sandy, Utah; Title NEXT Pledge Focuses on the Advancement of Women’s Sports in the Next 50 Years
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U.S. Soccer will honor several USWNT Alumna for their commitment to moving women’s sports forward with pre-game on-field recognition while the USWNT will wear Title IX t-shirts on arrival to the stadium in Denver on Saturday.
The celebration will continue online with a series of nine tweets from the @USWNT account focusing on the impact of Title IX on U.S. Soccer as well as a feature story focusing on how Title IX has positively impacted the USWNT. In addition, U.S. Soccer Insiders can enjoy 9x reward points for opening the official U.S. Soccer app and watching a featured video today with USWNT players thanking those who came before them while pledging to keep moving women’s soccer and women’s sports forward. The video will also be shown at both matches and featured on social media to commemorate the USWNT’s role in the 50 years since Title IX came into being.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing into law of Title IX, enacting legislation that would eventually positively impact women’s sports and inspire female athletes in ways never thought possible, U.S. Soccer honors how far we’ve come, and pledges to be a driving force for what’s to come in the next 50 years. Here’s what’s NEXT:
- All women and girls will have safe, positive environments in which to play the sports they love.
- Women and girls, regardless of socio-economic status, race or gender identity, will have equal access to sport and participation numbers will be equal to men and boys’ participation numbers.
- All women’s sports will be as well-funded and attended as well as their male sports counterparts.
- Women will hold at least 50% of General Manager, Head Coach and C-Suite roles within all sports organizations.
- Media coverage of women’s sports will equal media coverage of men’s sports, and the media will continue to shift its narrative in the way it shows/talks/messages women sports, focusing on the athletes and the competition.
U.S. Soccer supports seven Women’s Youth National Teams at the U-14, U-15, U-16, & U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-23 levels. In addition, 4.6 million women and girls participate in soccer annually in the USA, ranging from the grassroots level to the professional ranks of the NWSL. The Federation works to further break down barriers to participation so more women and girls form all backgrounds can enjoy the sport, including increasing opportunities through the Extended National Teams, which covers the Women’s Beach Soccer National Team and the U.S. Women’s Para National Team.
Off the field, the #SheBelieves campaign, which was launched in the leadup to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, has grown into a powerful message of empowerment and believing in oneself. Along with the SheBelieves Cup tournament, the campaign features career development, internship opportunities and community connections for young girls and women.