Fix Sexist and Unsafe Soccer Field Conditions

Women's Soccer Match

Target: United States Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati

Goal: Inspect and repair soccer fields prior to women’s games the way it’s done for men’s games.

A highly anticipated women’s soccer match was canceled due to unsafe field conditions because the United States Soccer Federation failed to have it inspected the way they always do prior to men’s soccer matches. The game against Trinidad & Tobago in Hawaii had to be canceled at the last minute, disappointing 15,000 fans, because sharp rocks were found all over the field and the artificial turf was so degraded that it was beginning to pull out of the ground.

This would have never happened to the U.S. men’s soccer team because before each of their games, inspectors are sent to the chosen field months in advance to make sure it’s of a high quality and absolutely safe for players. Nobody was sent to the field in Hawaii for the U.S. women’s team. This is clearly a result of pure sexism in yet another sports organization being called out for treating their male and female players differently.

Some people argue that because women’s soccer isn’t as popular, they don’t deserve equal pay or attention from organizations like FIFA and the United States Soccer Federation. However, 15,000 people bought tickets to watch this one game in Hawaii, and the recent U.S. Women’s World Cup win was the most watched soccer game in U.S. history. Even if women’s soccer wasn’t popular, they still deserve basic consideration for their safety and they shouldn’t have their games canceled due to a failure to conduct a simple inspection.

This kind of discrimination is completely unacceptable. Sign our petition to demand that the U.S. Soccer Federation stops being sexist and conducts proper investigations of fields prior to every women’s soccer game in the same manner that the men’s team enjoys.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Gulati,

A U.S. women’s soccer match in Hawaii was recently canceled at the last minute because the field was found to be unsafe, with jagged rocks sticking out everywhere and turf that was so old, it was coming up in multiple places. This happened because no one was sent to inspect the field prior to the game.

This is absolutely unacceptable, especially considering the fact that this never would have happened to the U.S. men’s soccer team. An inspector is always sent months in advance to inspect the field before a men’s soccer match. The fact that this did not happen for the women’s team is clear sexism, and because of that, you disappointed 15,000 fans.

You should be aware that the popularity of women’s soccer is on the rise in the U.S., but even if it wasn’t, it’s reprehensible to get a team’s game canceled because you failed to account for the players’ safety. We demand that you immediately change your policies to eliminate sexism in your organization and ensure that the U.S. women’s team is treated equally to the men’s team.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joel Solomon

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