Talk:Women's soccer in the United States

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Factors contributing to success of women's soccer in the U.S.[edit]

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America's approach to growing the game among women has served as a model for other countries' development programs for women at all levels.[22][23] The relative lack of attention afforded the women's game in traditional soccer-playing countries may also have contributed to the United States' early dominance of the international women's game. Another contributing factor is the role of women within American society, which includes relative equality (especially rejecting hardened gender roles) for women in the United States relative to many other countries.[24] This is also reflected in official government policy regarding women in athletics, specifically Title IX, which requires college and public school athletics programs to support men and women athletics equally. A final factor is the lack of competition from American football for female athletic talent;[citation needed] since American football is generally not played by women,[25] far more high-caliber female athletes are available to play soccer.

The "final factor" does not appear to be relevant in this context. The first two factors are explaining why the U.S. is one of the top countries in the world for women's soccer. But the third factor doesn't make sense here; American football is hardly played at all in most other countries, by men or by women. So in the rest of the world, women's soccer doesn't compete with American football for players either. The third factor tends to explain why, in the U.S., women's soccer is more successful relative to other women's sports than men's soccer is relative to other men's sports. But that has nothing to do with how successful U.S. women's soccer is compared to women's soccer in other countries. --Metropolitan90 (talk) 03:43, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

Removed citation[edit]

I removed the following citation:

Julie FoudyContributor, espnW.comLikeArchive (2012-05-23). "espnW - Julie Foudy explores whether women's pro soccer can make it in the US - espnW". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 

The URL for this article has been moved to http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/7962722/espnw-julie-foudy-explores-whether-women-pro-soccer-make-us but the content doesn't match the sentence that the footnote had been attached to. --Metropolitan90 (talk) 17:41, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

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