According to Women’s Soccer United, the home of worldwide women’s football, in the opening two weeks of the NWSL attendance matched that of other clubs around the world. The full report has the NWSL at the top of list with 16,116 in attendance in the opening week with four matches and 23,321 in week two with four matches. These figures speak to the growing popularity of women’s professional soccer in the United States and hope that the league can sustain itself.
NIU Goalkeeper Amy Carr is set to play professionally in Sweden after graduation this May. (Photo by Rob Winner)
Northern Illinois University women’s soccer player Amy Carr is taking the big step to the pro circuit following her graduation this year. Carr will be playing professional soccer for the Idrettslaget Sandviken women’s football club in Sweden. With a successful four years at NIU under her belt, Carr is taking her talent to the third highest level of play in women’s soccer in Sweden with the 1. Divisjon (First Division).
Here’s more on her story: http://www.niuhuskies.com/sports/w-soccer/spec-rel/041014aaa.html
Ever wonder what women’s professional soccer players get paid compared to other women’s professional athletes? An article from examiner.com looks at salaries women’s can earn playing professional sports in 2014. It also ranks the top sports women should pursue if they want to make money playing sports professionally. Overall women can earn the most money playing tennis and seven of the ten highest paid women athletes in 2013 were tennis players. Women’s soccer falls at number four in the list, and that is largely due to the fact that women’s soccer salaries are all over the place, from $1 million down to $6,000 a year.
Can Women’s Pro Soccer Work In America? An Investigation, In Sweden
European soccer world is by no means ideal, but according to Alison McCann, a former WPS player, the stability of Sweden women’s soccer is evident through the success of Swedish powerhouse Tyresö. Tyresö is currently one of the best women’s soccer clubs in the world and one of the 12 teams in Damallsvenskan, Sweden’s top women’s league. And with 5 Americans on the team those players have chosen to slide by professional soccer in the U.S. and make their careers in Sweden for a successful club.
The women of the Damallsvenskan are thriving. And a little part of that, a small reason, might be the fact that in Sweden they don’t have to worry about how to sell more tickets or carve out more time for appearances. They don’t have to worry if they’ll have jobs come next season. The Damallsvenskan will still be there.
Women’s professional soccer has grown into a worldwide sport at a highly competitive level.
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In this article, Ryan Sleeper calculates the odds of athletes going pro in a variety of sports.
Here’s what he found for women’s soccer players:
- How many girls play high school soccer in the United States? 371,393
- How many girls’ high school soccer players will play on a college soccer team? 1 in 10
- How many girls’ high school soccer players will be drafted to the NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League)? 1 in 10,316
- How many women’s college soccer players will be drafted to the NWSL? 1 in 986
Here’s what that looks like:
The odds of going pro in women’s soccer aren’t high (graphic by Ryan Sleeper)
For most of the numbers, he used scholarshipstats.com, which tracks the number of high school players in the US along with the number that advance to play on a Division I, II, or III NCAA team. And to find the the total number of players in the pros he looked up how many players are drafted per year to each top tier professional league in the United States.
Through his research and data analysis it’s clear that the odds of playing professional soccer domestically are pretty low, so looking abroad might be a better option for many players.