The omission of women’s soccer from the New World Soccer Conundrum was a conscious decision, not an oversight. The focus of inquiry for the book was aimed at men’s soccer due entirely to the sport’s unfortunate circumstances in two exceptional sporting nations. The women’s version of the beautiful game is an entity unto itself and should be acknowledged as such. If one doesn’t already exist, the state of women’s soccer in the US and Australia is a proposition unique and complex enough to warrant a book devoted to the subject in its own right.
What I came to appreciate in regards to women’s soccer in New World nations is the scale and diversity of the sport. Although I consider myself a fan of women’s soccer, I am by no means fluent in the conversation. The topic was an undertaking I felt ill prepared to comment on with any real confidence and for the most part still don’t. There is plenty of evidence to indicate sufficient variances between the two versions of the sport to the extent that any recommendations made in regards to the men’s game cannot be held to be automatically true for women’s soccer.
That is not to say that certain connections don’t exist. Whilst it can’t be said with conviction, the suggestions and ideas made in the New World Soccer Conundrum are without a doubt in the best interests of women’s soccer in the New World. There’s also nothing glaringly obvious to suggest it would be to the detriment of women’s soccer to look to employ similar initiatives in the promotion and development of their sport domestically and internationally.
Many of the limitations forced upon men’s soccer in the New World by Old World stipulations probably affect women’s soccer to some degree as well. Women’s soccer faces the same competition for attention within the public consciousness that the men’s game does. Women soccer players also have to contend with their own unique permutation of obstacles and challenges due to a plethora of cultural biases.
The New World Soccer Conundrum doesn’t solve or address all of the problems men’s soccer faces in the New World. That was never the intention. It was an attempt to get the ball rolling in a more positive and productive direction for men’s soccer, specifically in the US and Australia. There is undoubtedly room for a similar conversation to be had within women’s soccer in those countries to accomplish similar ends. There’s also probably greater freedom of expression to do so. Whether or not men’s New World Soccer is prepared to undertake such a process of self-evaluation remains to be seen. Those behind the controls of the men’s game in the US and Australia will in all likelihood require further incentive to make the necessary changes to see their sport fulfill its true potential. This could well be an excellent opportunity for women’s soccer to seize the initiative and take advantage of the, as yet, unutilized avenues of promotion and profit mentioned in this book.
Women’s soccer is a legitimate entertainment form and well within its rights to adopt whatever means it sees fit to encourage the growth and prosperity of the sport. Women’s soccer in the US and Australia finds itself in a unique position. The men’s version doesn’t hold the attention of the majority of the masses within their borders the way soccer does in their contemporaries’ countries. The potential exists for women’s soccer to eclipse the men’s version of the sport in popularity in the New World, should it so desire. The sought after growth men’s soccer has hoped for has failed to materialize and won’t with any sort of permanence in the future whilst the current practices are adhered to. Women’s New World soccer can and should take advantage of the lapse in judgment.