The annual NSCAA Convention brought another gathering of confused coaches trying to navigate the youth soccer waters. I was there to report.
Abby Wambach has written a deep, dark (and occasionally funny) confessional that will challenge your perceptions of female athletes. Or athletes in general.
Some coaches, including one who’s been at Navy for more than two decades. Some reality-TV stars who kept their dignity.
I voted on the top 25 and wrote a few biographical sketches. On this page: Carla Overbeck, Briana Scurry.
A few bits of history and perspective that pointed out some inconvenient facts …
— For The Guardian, comments from the U.S. women’s national team’s lawyers along with facts, figures and questions about how this could all play out. (Will we have a league? Will we have a better national team? Will everyone get paid?
April 11, 2016
— For OZY, a flashback on a previous labor dispute that actually reached the point of calling in replacement players, albeit replacements who were also on board with what the striking players were doing.
Source: When Women Walked Out on Soccer
May 9, 2016
— For FourFourTwo, a piece on U.S. Soccer’s rebuttal to the team’s EEOC complaint. And the question: What do the women really want?
June 2, 2016
A two-fer here. For FourFourTwo, I explained that soccer parents’ complaints are no longer as easy to dismiss as they may have been when no one understood the game.
Then a related piece for Soccer Wire:
June 16, 2016