Angela Bailey Kali Blackshear Anna Siedzik Brandi Mitchell

Recreational Women's Soccer Leagues: How to Grow the Game for Women of All Ages and Levels of Play

A Talk by Anna Siedzik , Angela Bailey , Kali Blackshear and Brandi Mitchell

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About this Talk

Recreational women's leagues first launched in the 1970s, an unexpected yet exciting result of Title IX legislation establishing the right to sports for girls. Women saw the opportunity to learn soccer for the first time within a community of women - or return to the game after a childhood of playing alongside the boys.

Adult leagues and tournaments for women have expanded and spread over the past five decades, with age divisions ranging from 16+ to Over 70.

Many recreational women leagues have premiere divisions that include WPSL (the largest soccer league in the United States) teams who play in local leagues during their WPSL offseason.

This roundtable of leagues will be exploring several topics including recruiting, retention of players as they age, culture of trust, marketing and promotion of leagues to name just a few.

December 08, 2020, 07:00 PM

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

About The Speakers

Anna Siedzik

Anna Siedzik

Outreach Director, Eastern Massachusetts Women's Soccer League


Angela Bailey

Angela Bailey

Director of Corporate and Community Engagement / President, America SCORES Bay AREA / GGWSL


Kali Blackshear

Kali Blackshear

President, Secretary, Georgia Amateur Women's Soccer Association, USASA Region 3


Brandi Mitchell

Brandi Mitchell

Founder, San Diego Soccer Women (SDSW)

My goal is to connect women soccer players with recreational teams, leagues, training programs, tournaments, gear, travel and charitable sports organizations. As the founder of San Diego Soccer Women, I support the collaboration of women’s amateur soccer worldwide and PLAY for the United Nations 2030 Global Goals for Sustainable Development of Health and Wellness, Gender Equality and Reduced Inequalities. I advocate against discrimination and for inclusive and equitable opportunities. #PLAYatEveryAge.