A NOTE ON THE WOMEN’S VERSION OF THE BEAUTIFUL GAME IN THE NEW WORLD

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. (more…)