I’ve written about the need for more women coaching at elite and/or professional levels in soccer and futsal, and mentioned a few coaches at the national level like Jill Ellis, the newly appointed head coach of the United States of America Women’s National Soccer Team. espnW’s Julie Foudy recently did a short Q&A with Jill Ellis where Ellis “talks about handling high expectations and the approach she plans to take to get the team back on top at the World Cup”.
To watch the video, and become a bit more familiar with Ellis, click here: espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:10964813
Great article by Julie Foudy on the NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) and its future.
And for anyone interested: W in Action is about Women + Sports Making A Difference, check it out: http://espn.go.com/espnw/w-in-action/
Professional women’s soccer in North America has had its ups and downs. In the late 1990s, the international success of the US Women’s National Soccer Team (featuring players Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy) was the driving force behind establishing the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) in 2000, but WUSA folded in 2003 due to financial constraints. In 2009, Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) was set-up to, again, offer elite women soccer players an opportunity to play at a professional level in North America. The WPS, amid internal politics and financial challenges, folded in 2012.