This book celebrates the amazing journey of girls’ and women’s soccer, focusing on why the sport has become the number 1 sport for females globally and a vehicle for societal change.
I’d like to thank Robert Taylor and his publishing team at the University of Nebraska Press, especially editorial assistant Courtney Ochsner, for their excellent guidance, effort, and belief in the project; my wife, April, for her poignant suggestions on the manuscripts; my daughter, Arianna, for her photographic ideas; and Dan Lauletta, a freelance writer and womensprosoccer.com columnist, for his review of the WUSA and WPS chapters.
I am indebted to Chris Vaughn Griffiths of World Football Pages of Canada, who brought me into the soccer journalism realm; John Turnbull of TheGlobalGame.com, and David Fleenor of Soccer365 .com, for their continued support of my articles on women’s soccer.
Special mention for their assistance in numerous ways over the years must go to Rob Penner, the director of communications of Women’s Professional Soccer; Richard Scott, media officer of Canada Soccer; David Applegate in communications at U.S. Soccer; Dan Courtemanche at Major League Soccer (ex-WUSA); the Equalizer soccer website founder, Jeff Kassouf; and the superb soccer correspondent Scott French.
This book is a testament to the passion and commitment of women soccer players, coaches, and administrators around the