Perhaps this is just an excuse to cheer for the U.S. Women’s soccer team who brought home their third World Cup victory on July 5, 2015. (WOOOOOOOO!) But when I got to thinking about it, there are actually some government document connections with international soccer, as well as with soccer (and sports generally) in the U.S.
Let’s start with Title IX, signed into law by President Nixon on June 23, 1972. Without Title IX, there may not have ever been a national women’s soccer team, or at any rate, it may not have been the powerhouse team it has become. Title IX “prohibits discrimination based on sex in any federally funded education program or activity.”
Of course, Title IX affected much more than just girls and women’s sports. For more information about Title IX, see the following government web pages:
The Woman’s Sports Foundation is a non-government web page that uses government resources in part to build a legislative chronology for Title IX.
On the less happy side of things, International Soccer’s governing body, FIFA, has been under investigation in numerous countries, including the U.S. You can find information on the U.S. investigation from the DOJ website.
Did I miss anything? If you can think of any other websites, either government sites, or non-government sites using government information that talk about Title IX, FIFA, or women’s sports generally, post them in the comments. And in the meantime, enjoy the ticker tape parade for the U.S. Women’s soccer team in New York City at 11:00 am eastern time today (10:00 am central – so very shortly).