community SPOTLIGHTS


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Member Spotlight

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 […]


 College sports season can be super rewarding, exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. We want YOU to know that the WIS network can be a resource for you. Lean on us for anything from community, to mental wellness and career development. Here’s how: GET CONNECTED  WIS members are trailblazing coaches, pro players, soccer […]

WIS Awards Nominate


The WIS network has been live for a year and our squad’s impact on the game is definitely something to cheer about! To celebrate our community, we’re launching the annual WIS Awards to recognize members, partners, and industry extraordinaire who are usually left out of the spotlight but have done incredible work to elevate the […]


The USL and WIS community voted nearly 500 TIMES for trailblazers who are impacting the soccer industry in a progressive and inclusive way. You all show up! We love to see it. Congrats to every single person nominated—you all make the game better!  Now to the winners… The Innovator Award goes to Chanel Wiese, Executive […]

Women in Soccer is teaming up with the USL to celebrate the incredible work that the people behind the teams do. The USL Changemakers Awards will recognize underrepresented industry employees who have done outstanding work in the last year to level up the soccer industry and USL culture.  From fan engagement champions to trailblazing media […]


The WIS squad showed up to celebrate all minds and body types 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 here are the event resources designed to educate and promote ways to uplift our incredible […]

Kicking + Screening Film Festival 2021

Join the WIS squad at the Kicking + Screening film festival returning to New York on October 12. After a one-year hiatus, we are hyped they are back in action. And, in person! The festival will include four nights of in-person soccer film events — three nights at the Scandinavia House in Manhattan and one special night at the Upper 90 Soccer Center in […]