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Old 07-09-2019, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Brackenwood
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The women are conveniently forgetting the supply side of the equation. There may be higher demand for the women's team... for now anyway, as that's likely a short-term situation. However, the supply of people who are able, and particularly in the USA, willing to play soccer at the men's competitive level is vanishingly thin compared to those able and willing to play at the women's level.

In the meantime the women have two convenient options at their disposal: 1) Stop playing until you're offered what you believe you're worth; or 2) Declare you're a man and go play for the men's team because gender is just a social construct anyway and there's no real differences between men and women, amirite?
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:36 PM
 
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The women are conveniently forgetting the supply side of the equation. There may be higher demand for the women's team... for now anyway, as that's likely a short-term situation. However, the supply of people who are able, and particularly in the USA, willing to play soccer at the men's competitive level is vanishingly thin compared to those able and willing to play at the women's level.

In the meantime the women have two convenient options at their disposal: 1) Stop playing until you're offered what you believe you're worth; or 2) Declare you're a man and go play for the men's team because gender is just a social construct anyway and there's no real differences between men and women, amirite?
LOL.....exactly...and as far as #2, they'll find their "true value as athletes" if that were to occur would be as bench warmers if that.
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Old Yesterday, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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The women are conveniently forgetting the supply side of the equation. There may be higher demand for the women's team... for now anyway, as that's likely a short-term situation. However, the supply of people who are able, and particularly in the USA, willing to play soccer at the men's competitive level is vanishingly thin compared to those able and willing to play at the women's level.
It would probably be good to look at real data at this point:

US Youth Soccer Statistics Infographic - Rapids Youth Soccer Club

U.S. Youth Soccer has three million participants, making it the leading youth organization in the country; ahead of the Boy Scouts and Little League. 52% are boys and 48% are girls. This is great; it means many youths are getting fit and healthy, and some number of those are likely to retain an interest in the sport into adulthood.
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Old Yesterday, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Brackenwood
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Youth soccer is nothing new -- I played youth soccer 35 years ago. As has been touched on here and there in this thread, the problem translating youth soccer into ongoing adult interest/participation is two-fold: 1) It has to compete with other sports for government-subsidized development (that is, athletic programs in public school districts are less likely to have soccer programs than football/baseball/basketball programs); and 2) because those other sports are currently more accessible to a broader cross-section of the population, more top athletes will be steered into those sports at the collegiate and, particularly for men, the professional level.

At some point maybe MLS will have the resources to build a youth feeder program that can compete with the publicly subsidized sports programs. But as we've already seen over the last couple decades, it will be fighting a lot of inertia to get there.
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Old Yesterday, 10:01 PM
 
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Can the women just negotiate some type of profit sharing from merchandise sales? At least thats something they can control since its related to performance (and exposure) and selling themselves or their “brand” on social media
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Old Today, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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How is the fight for higher pay going when the de facto leader of the team is dissing half the people that they claim to be representing? TDS is not helping their situation.

If you worked for a family run company with two owners and you, for whatever reason, caused dissent among the employees because you didn’t like one of the owners, how long do you think you would keep your job?
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