WHAT DOES THE WIN MEAN FOR LOCAL SOCCER?
July 6, 2015 in Featured, Professional
(Cover photo: U.S. Soccer Federation)
By Ashli McLean
For the first time in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the United State last night became the only nation to claim the title three times (2015, 1995, 1991).
The U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) defeated Japan 5-2 Sunday night in front 53,341 including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada.
The game’s TV rating hit 15.2 according to Sports TV Ratings. This translates into between 21 and 23.5 million viewers. Contrast that with the monumental 1999 World Cup final between the U.S. and China that had a 13.3 TV rating.
So what does this mean for soccer locally? Is this an opportunity for coaches and administrators within the Louisville soccer community to capitalize on? How does this World Cup win affect participation and excitement around a sport that has long been deemed “not as popular” as in other nations?
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