The Reality of a Female Soccer Coach

Women soccer coaches are facing challenges but surprisingly  successful. Since 2000, female-coached teams have won 92% of the world’s major women’s tournaments like FIFA World Cup, Olympics, and the UEFA Women’s European Championships.

Soccer tournament in recent years were filled with lots of awesome ladies who lead teams on the field such as Jill Ellis, who just got her second FIFA World Cup in a row. She is the first woman got that honor. In fact, the only other person to hold such record was a male coach, Vittorio Pozzo, achieving the same titles in 1934 and 1938. So, questions raised: whether female coaches are getting appreciated on the pitch, and why aren’t they being more well-received after filling coaching positions?

Interviews with elite women’s soccer coaches from around the world about their experiences, challenges, successes and stories that relate to their career as well as inequality and injustices they may have faced showed a clear sense of commitment to their athletes and the game. They are self-confidence, resilience, and self-awareness women with philosophies and an ability to reflect and articulate on their experiences despite lacking of support, resources and commitment from those in power. Gender bias and discrimination to their presence as uncertainty to industry are part of their experience as a coach. 

U.S. Soccer and the NWSL have made attempts in recent years to help foster and encourage female coaches through plans such as partnering with donors to provide 21 NWSL players with the opportunity to begin their professional coaching career with a free  U.S. Soccer C License Course in 2018. Given how expensive U.S. Soccer Coaching licenses, this is notable. Although this price tag is only one of many obstacles that women interested in coaching must face. 

However,  as the women of soccer become more popular and keep winning, hoping that the rest of the world—including club managers, and FIFA— will notice.