Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Canadian National Team Boosts Women's Pro Soccer Potential

The thrilling, controversial semi-final match of Women's Olympic Soccer stirred heavy emotions for Canadians.

The outcome may have been plagued by referee judgment, but it also may have stoked new flames for the Women's Pro game in North America.

Ironically, the loss may mean more for women's Soccer than a win would have.

After seeing how this match was viewed in Canada, in the U.S. and at the stadium in England, it may be time for a new strategy to build on for the Women's pro game.  

The next World Cup in 2015 takes place in Canada.  It's pretty evident that Canada will challenge for the Cup title.  There are three more years to prepare and this most recent loss will bring more focus for the team in its quest to win the World Cup.

The U.S./Canada Women's Olympic showdown in the semis was the second most watched Olympic event ever in Canada, only trailing the Men's Olympic Hockey team that won gold in Vancouver in 2010.

The U.S. team is being followed very closely by Americans and the media.  And, the crowd in London at the match was phenomenal.

The strategy should now be about combining Canadian and American resources to build the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Elite through 2013 and 2014.  Investment into Canadian cities is imperative.  The goal should be to try and peak as the 2015 season breaks for World Cup play.

Bringing in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa and Calgary as potential partners can provide the league much more stability.  The league will need to capitalize on popular players like Christine Sinclair, who stunned the Soccer world with her hat trick against the U.S. in the semis.

Branding other Canadian women will have to be part of the plan, too.

The match was nuts, the results maybe skewed, but, in the end, the U.S. and Canada need each other to prove to the world that Women can make ends meet in pro Soccer.

1 comment:

  1. The bronze medal has been placed around the Canadian team in what was an emotional and well fought victory for the Canadians. Yes, the point was made that only 3 of the Canadian Women's team roster, belong to clubs that provide the type of competition these women require to become even better at their craft.

    Changes need to start at grassroot levels in youth clubs whereby coaches, particularily in the developing stages of athletes are monitored and required to meet a set of standards and proceedures when given the power to develop our future athletes. There has been abuse of this power and the result has been destructive and as upsetting as a bad ref in an Olympic match. Futures have been changed and women denied access into professional sport.

    I have had the pleasure of watching this Canadian National Women's team over the past 10 years as a spectator. Opportunities for young women were provided to meet these players...they have been awesome role models. They have been embassadors and done great things for girls/women's soccer. They have and will continue to inspire women in soccer.

    Opportunity for a road map to be put in place, that instills more checks and measures to ensure not only the path to a future in soccer for women, but a place in the Canadian athletic culture.
    I agree a united league with Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa and Calgary would be a great piece to this plan.