Interview with Beyond the Pitch

Beyond the Pitch Interview

Saturday, September 22, 2012

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Anto is joined by former Canada national team player Carrie Serwetnyk, the first woman inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame, to have a serious discussion about self-determination in soccer and why the next World Cup in her country in 2015 should be a signal to examine equality in sport given the meteoric rise in the game for women. Carrie has played professionally around the world, won 3 NCAA National Championships at the University of North Carolina and holds a USSF coaching license, and having this wonderful history in the game, she has now taken on a very important cause, Why The Womens World Cup Matters, which is an effort to bring attention to the lack of self-determination from the smallest local areas to the highest levels inside the game, while never failing to recognize how transformative that soccer can be for girls and women worldwide. Why the Women’s World Cup Matters is dedicated to making changes for the betterment of girls and women in Canada with the effort that it will generate change and goodwill globally. On the field, women are 47 percent of the playing membership and we receive less than 10 percent of the funding, are less than 1 percent of the decision making process on national and provincial boards, remain largely invisible as professional coaches with less than 1% actively working yet the Canada national team has successfully achieved positive results in the past two Olympic Games and five World Cups over the last two decades. We examine Title IX and its effects 40 years after its passage, the motivation behind this important cause, what effects the recent Olympic performance for womens soccer had in Canada and how she sees the 2015 World Cup should be a real step toward representation for women in Canada both on and off the pitch. Having attended 10 World Cup tournaments and four Olympic Games, Carrie has a real sense of the transformative powers of the biggest events worldwide and why there are areas of concern in Canada as women have yet to be involved as deeply at the federation and planning levels. The World Cup gives hope and inspiration to girls and women globally because it is so rare that women get the opportunity to strive to be their best on the center stage to showcase their accomplishments. As more girls and women become aware of the World Cup and the power of sport, it sends a message that they too are important and they can achieve the dreams they aspire to in their own life on or off a soccer field.

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