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THE WIS CAREER FAIR 2022 TOOLKIT 

The WIS Career Fair 2022 was an incredible day for connecting industry changemakers, getting women and marginalized individuals hired, as well as showcasing all the ways you can make a difference in soccer by working in the game! Every WIS member represents an inclusive, forward-thinking future for the soccer industry and we’re stoked you’re here […]

MEET IDA SPORTS

Co-founded by four-time Guinness World-Record holder, entrepreneur and WIS Expert Member, Laura Youngson, IDA Sports is the footwear company our industry desperately needed. Their shoes are designed to accommodate the nuances of the female athlete’s foot because women and girls have waited long enough to be prioritized by sportswear companies. Ida is on a mission […]

“ASK ME ANYTHING” WITH WIS EXPERTS

“HOW DO I START MY OWN REC LEAGUE?” Last week, members asked, “how do I start my own local recreational league?” Our WIS Experts were on hand to offer a variety of insights on how to run a successful rec league. Read below to get advice from league founders Hannah Kelley (Queer Soccer League), Tarek […]

GOAL CLICK x WIS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

For #WomensHistoryMonth, we teamed up with Goal Click to tell soccer stories from the perspective of women making their mark in the game, from cheering in the stands to working in the soccer industry. “As a proud ally member of Women in Soccer, we wanted to do what Goal Click does best – hand over […]

RECLAIMING THE GAME TOOLKIT

RECLAIMING THE GAME TOOLKIT  The #ReclaimTheGame General Council brought together a trailblazing group of industry leaders who shared diverse expertise on how we can work together to create a safer and more inclusive soccer industry. Watch the whole general council event back here.  Reclaiming the game is an ongoing process and we’re honored to work […]

RECLAIMING THE GAME AT ALL LEVELS

This week, we’re spotlighting how our soccer community is safeguarding players’ wellbeing from youth to pro levels. Dive into this spotlight to learn how the actions of youth club leaders, mental health advocates and industry changemakers have led to positive institutional change as well as highlight the need to keep pushing for a safer soccer […]

REFEREES RECLAIM THE GAME

This week, we’re spotlighting a crucial and often overlooked aspect of the soccer industry that plays a central role in player safety: The Third Team – referees. Read about the culture of refereeing that Christina Unkel, a FIFA referee and a football laws analyst, is creating in order to prioritize safety for The Third Team […]

The WIS squad showed up to become stronger allies in anti-racism at this past “Coffee and Progress.” Thank you to everyone for your allyship and determination to make sports an inclusive space! As always WIS is about ACTION so check out the event resources designed to educate and promote ways to be anti-racist in soccer. […]

This week, we’re spotlighting a soccer industry first that prioritizes the fertility needs of players in the women’s game. Check out how Racing Louisville FC has set a game-changing precedent by becoming the first team in the NWSL to support new health benefits specifically for players’ fertility. The team’s commitment to the holistic health needs […]

COLLECTIVE POWERS RECLAIM THE GAME

This week, we’re spotlighting how our soccer community is using collective power to demonstrate how we can work together as an industry to push for safety and equity for all players and the wider soccer community. Dive into this spotlight to learn how the collective actions of journalists, grassroots leaders, supporters groups and players have […]

TW – mention of abuse, sexual assault.  Coaches, referees, supporters groups, grassroots leaders and industry changemakers are coming together to show what #ReclaimTheGame means for them. This week, we’re spotlighting players’ stories that demonstrate how we can work together as an industry to uphold safety for players and the wider soccer community.  THE WOMEN OF […]

MEET SOCCER RESILIENCE

Founded in 2020, Soccer Resilience is a sports mindset agency. The organization takes a “whole-person” approach to athletes and believes that healthy mindsets for players, coaches and parents are vital to success in sport. Soccer Resilience mental fitness guidance and programming are available through 1:1 mentoring, team sessions, club advising, org presentations and the Soccer […]

WIS x USL Winter Summit Recap

The WIS squad had a blast at the USL Winter Summit! We connected with fellow industry trailblazers, crowned our PITCH IT and Changemakers Award winners, celebrated USL milestones and learned how to develop self-branding. We’re fuelled by the work WIS and the USL are doing for the future of soccer! PITCH IT, AWARD WINNERS  WIS […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WOMEN IN SOCCER

This week, we’re celebrating a year of Women In Soccer! We want to thank YOU, our trailblazing members, for your love of the game and your commitment to making the industry inclusive through the work you do on and off the field. WIS members are officially in 42 out of 50 states and we are […]

PITCH IT – ENTREPRENEURS CONTEST

The WIS squad has teamed up with the USL to give entrepreneurs an unmissable chance to get financial support to develop their plans to use the game for positive social change.  Life’s a “pitch,” as every woman and person from a marginalized community in soccer knows. To intervene, we’re hosting a pitch contest with the […]

Name: Candice Fabry Pronouns: She/Her  Position: Founder and owner of Fearless and Capable Catchphrases/sentiments to live by: I’m fearless and capable! What’s your favorite soccer memory? My last college game. Strangely, it was because I knew it would be my last time playing competitively. Basically, we discovered in my freshman year of college that I […]

ALLY RESOURCE HUB

Allies who support women and marginalized people in the game are crucial to making a more equitable soccer culture. Dive into these WIS action tips and resources to see how we can work together to change the game: PROMOTE GAME-CHANGING CONNECTIONS All of the players you coach or support in the game would benefit from […]

PORTLAND MEMBER SOCIAL AUGUST 21

SAVE THE DATE DETAILS HERE! Calling all Portland Members, WIS is hosting our first IN-PERSON, LIVE member social in Portland! August 21 from 2:30 PM – 4:15 PM PDT we’ll be connecting for the first time in person and getting hyped up for the final matches of the WICC! WHERE WE’LL BE: Migration Brewing Rooftop […]

MEET MELISSA ORTIZ

Name: Melissa Ortiz Pronouns: She/her  Position: Former pro player, soccer analyst, social media influencer and co-founder of Kickoff Coffee Co Catchphrases: #TheHustle; “Vamos que vamos”—let’s go, let’s go! Go-to coffee order: Pour over black.  What’s your favorite soccer memory?  My debut with the U20 Colombian National Team and scoring against Germany during the World Cup.  […]

This month during a special edition of Brandi’s Corner hosted at Beyond Soccer, the Beyond Sport event we dove into how to push for positive change in the investment game. Tune in to learn all about being an investor in soccer with Chicago Red Stars owner Sarah Spain, Lewes FC’s Maggie Murphy, and former USWNT player Danielle […]

THE W LEAGUE MISSION The USL has announced their brand new W League which will use women’s soccer as a force for societal good by creating a national platform to increase opportunity, gender equity, and career development initiatives for women. The new league will begin play in 2022 and will provide an elite pre-professional pathway […]

WIS WINS

WIS WINS are our way of saying, “Hey Members, you’re crushing it!” And for you to see the amazing impact the network is having on women in and around the game like @andreapilarrrr. JOB HAT TRICK ALERT! Dre is the first in our squad to earn a job hat trick 💯 from producing “Swapping Kits with […]

   MISSION New Mexico United was founded on the premise of supporting every single New Mexican who loves the beautiful game. The Somos Unidos Foundation diversity program launched in June 2020 to further that exact mission. The aim of the diversity fellowship is to create supportive pathways for women and people of color to thrive […]

MEET BROOKLYN CITY F.C.

Brooklyn City F.C has a unique club culture that uses the beautiful game to unify all of Brooklyn’s diverse micro-communities. The club fosters a supportive and professional environment with multiple entry points so that there is a place for everyone to play. Brooklyn City F.C. puts community first and ensures that everyone is treated equally […]

Meet America SCORES

Above: America SCORES poetry slam Cleveland. MEET America SCORES America SCORES is a non-profit with the mission to create equitable opportunities for young people to experience sport, express themselves and inspire positive change on and off the field. Using a social justice youth development framework, America Score emphasizes racial equity, fair play, teamwork and youth […]

Partner Spotlight

Pictured above: Goal Five founders Keely Wachs, Carrie Kessler, and Ann Kletz. MEET GOAL FIVE Goal Five started with the mission to be a sports brand for her. The organization noted that for the longest time, performance apparel had been made with only men in mind. Goal Five puts women first. Their apparel celebrates her […]

Member Spotlight: Meet Lisa

Name: Lisa Wrightsman  Pronouns: She/hers Position: Managing Director of Sacramento’s Street Soccer USA and the founder of Lady Salamanders. Mantra: “Why not?” I think of this whenever it’s questioned why I do the work I do. What’s your favorite soccer memory?  I’ve had some crazy high moments coaching with Street Soccer players. We have had […]

Member Spotlight: Meet Sandra

    Name: Sandra Velez-Lopez Pronouns: She/Her  @sandras_sports_shots and @number1_soccer_mom Sentiments to live by: I shoot because I love it, not because I have to.  What’s your favorite soccer memory?  The first time I took my family to watch the USWNT play. It was particularly special to us because the match was USA vs. Mexico and […]

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Develop personally and professionally by reading our industry tips and meet some of the WIS squad in our member spotlights. Industry Tips Practice Inclusivity On and Off the Pitch Learn from the Experts: Writing Children’s Books FT My Mummy is a Footballer Reflections from Pro Player Sam Johnson Member Spotlights Meet Courtney Levinsohn – WIS […]

Member Spotlight: Meet Erica

Name: Erica Harris Pronouns: She/Hers  Position: Founder and Chief Purpose Coach for PurposeFULL Seed Catchphrase: I don’t have your answers, but I do have the questions that will lead you to the answers within you! What’s your favorite soccer memory? Brandi Chastain’s penalty kick in the 1999 World Cup is definitely one that is etched […]

Member Spotlight: Meet Tracy

Name: Tracy Hamm UC Davis women’s soccer head coach and star of the movie Coach Pronouns: She/her  Sentiments to live by: How you do anything is how you do everything.  What’s your favorite soccer memory?  Oh, I can’t pick just one so I’ll say my entire senior year at Cal. My team and I had […]

Member Spotlight: Meet Cari

Name: Cari Sekendur Pronouns: she/her  Founder of Butter Studio, a creative agency focused on amplifying women in sports. Sentiments to live by? Keep it movin’ and “You miss every shot you don’t take.” What’s your favorite soccer memory?  It was in 1999 when I was at summer camp and our soccer coach let us skip […]

Swapping Kits With Dre — Satara Murray

We are so stoked to bring you more from the hilarious host who fueled the WIS launch party, Andrea Pilar! Andrea leads the series “Swapping Kits with Dre” and will befriend every soccer star in the industry so our members can get an unguarded, behind-the-scenes look at their success. This week, we’re celebrating Satara Murray, […]

A lack of understanding of ourselves and others can lead to real problems in a team setting. Differences aren’t bad they’re just differences and the DISC assessment will help you understand how to bring out the best in everyone in your squad. The WIS crew had so much fun learning about DISC with head coach […]

Member Spotlight: Meet Carrie

Name: Carrie Taylor  Pronouns: She/hers   Sentiments to live by: Try to walk the walk  What’s your favorite soccer memory?  Oh, a really special one was in my junior year when my teammates and I went to Acapulco. We were just walking along the beach as a squad and came across a group of local men […]

How Do I Get Into That? — Podcasting

Recognize this week’s contributor?  In this episode, WIS launch party host Andrea Pilar teaches members how to start their own podcast.  As a Colombian-American, Andrea was tired of soccer media not representing her community. She took matters into her own hands and began her own hilarious soccer pod series. As we know, media coverage of […]

Member Spotlight: Meet Aries

Name: Aries Pickett, Sr. Manager, Talent & Administration at the @NWSL Pronouns: She/her Words to live by: The only person you want to be better than is the person you were yesterday. What’s your favorite soccer memory? I first started at the NWSL in June 2019 and the World Cup was well underway. One of my […]

HOW DO I GET INTO THAT? — Coffee & Progress As Candice explains, “Coffee & Progress” events are simple and create collaborative safe spaces for people to come together and work towards a meaningful goal. WIS is here not only to give you ideas but to give you the tools to execute them. Take advantage […]

Member Spotlight: Meet Alyse

Name Alyse LaHue @alahue, General Manager of Sky Blue FC @SkyBlueFC @NWSL Pronouns: She/her  Value to live by: Community! “Community” is a perfect word to kick off this interview because that’s exactly what the WIS network is all about. Can you tell us what’s your favorite soccer memory? A recent one that stands out for […]

The WIS community is proud to promote the world’s game as a unifying force for mutual respect and understanding.  In episode 4, our incredible panelists break down the importance of representing diverse voices in soccer culture and how we as individuals and organizations can take action to support this. A huge thanks to Expert Members […]

Member Spotlight: Meet Maggie

Maggie Ntim  @maggie.ntim @AgentMaggieNtim Founder of Trinity 3 Agency (@trinity3agency) a soccer representation agency and experiential events company Pronouns: She/her/hers Catchphrase/mantra/word Break down doors and shatter glass ceilings!  What’s your favorite soccer memory? The 2019 Women’s World Cup. I was in France working at the event and the atmosphere was everything! I got to spend time […]

We’re back on How Do I Get Into That? with a twist. Founder Courtney Carroll Levinsohn gives us a taste of what has kept her and her family going throughout this year. Get ready for the guest appearances by none other than Courtney’s boys, Brady and Cooper. Tell us in the comments below what has […]

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Member Spotlight: Meet Keidane

Name: Keidane McAlpine Pronouns: he/him/his Sentiments he lives by: I coach people, not a sport. I want to try and provide consistency and a strong foundation of love and unconditional support for the people I coach. I love that sentiment—it’s beautiful! It’s such a great way to think about coaching. Can you tell us about […]

How Do I Get Into That? – Soccer Agents

Welcome to our latest series, How Do I Get Into That?. You’ll get snippets from Experts on getting into their respective field. In this panel, WIS Expert Member, Board Member and soccer agent extraordinaire, Maggie Ntim, explains why “agents are imperative for women in the sport.” We love the WIS double team here since our […]

Member Spotlight: Meet Yewande

Yewande Balogun @yewandeful Assistant coach with UC Davis women’s soccer Pronouns: She/her/hers   Motto: “You either win or you learn; you only lose when you stop moving.” What’s your favorite soccer memory?  Oh, that’s gotta be the first time my team Maryland beat UNC on their home turf! It was so special to me since I […]

Reflections from Pro Player Sam Johnson

A special message of reflection from our founding Expert Member, Samantha Johnson, a former Utah Royals FC player and current Melbourne City FC player who wanted to be with us live at launch. What was the hardest shift for you in 2020? I found it very difficult to witness the lack of ears willing to […]