Next summer, the U.S. women’s national soccer team will take the international stage to compete for a World Cup title. And to ensure that the team has its greatest chance of winning in Canada, all-time goal scorer Abby Wambach is already preparing her head for play.
Wambach, known for her timely headers and dominant aerial game, will be wearing a Triax SIM-P (Smart Impact Monitor) headband during her training leading up to competition. The headband has a sensor that counts and scores each head impact while a player is on the field, providing immediate information to minimize the potential risk of concussions.
The Triax technology is the first of its kind to earn hit-count certification by the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to solving the concussion crisis. The Triax devices are a new advancement in hopes of supporting long-term player health and safety, complete with training and educational initiatives.
“For me, information is gold” Wambach says. “The more information I have the better I can play and the more prepared I can be, especially for the World Cup next summer.”
Five years ago, soccer star and coach Sarah Kate “Skate” Noftsinger helped found the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). The organization was created with the goal of improving the female youth soccer experience in the United States. Today, the ECNL is the premier female youth soccer league. And now it’s looking to expand its mission.
Last month, Noftsinger and the ECNL kicked off Amazing Young Women, a program to help empower girls, teens, and women everywhere.
The dynamic campaign features monthly spotlights on heroes and community leaders, and a pop-up tour of events across the country. There are also several opportunities for women of all ages to actively engage. Women can take the AYW pledge to be their own leader or join others on social media to connect and share daily instances of #BeautifulAmbition.
Major League Soccer will celebrate it’s 20th season in 2015, but it’s already getting the party started. Today, MLS unveiled a new league logo as part of its MLS Next campaign. The updated logo is more of a crest in the spirit of other soccer organizations around the world. It’s simpler, cleaner, and way more in line with football fans’ expectations.
If you’re a soccer fan and you’re looking for a movie to watch this weekend, you might want to check out Believe.
Based on a true story, the film focuses on 11-year-old Georgie, a gifted soccer player in 1980s Manchester who dreams of winning the Manchester Junior Cup. His friends and teammates want to win, too. Only problem is they don’t have a manager. And they’re not really that organized, as teams go. But everything changes when Georgie steals the wallet of Sir Matt Busby. Sir Matt was a legendary Manchester United coach who survived a tragic plane crash that killed eight of his players. After Georgie pinches Sir Matt’s wallet, Sir Matt tracks him down, sees he has some skills, and decides to come out of retirement and coach the kids in the tournament.
The film is loaded with drama and comedy, which you can see in this exclusive clip and the movie's trailer:
Back in March, we told you about the BUNT app from Topps, which lets collect digital baseball cards. Well today, the company has launched something similar, but for football… er, soccer.
Topps KICK 15, a free app for iOS and Android devices, lets you collect cards featuring more than 1,000 players from 57 clubs in the Barclays Premier League, Bundesliga, and Major League Soccer. You then use those cards to build the ultimate football team to compete with fans in other parts of the world.
On Wednesday, Yankee Stadium was turned into a soccer pitch for a group match between Liverpool and Manchester City in the Guinness International Champions Cup. My dad and I traveled to New York for the match, and it was one I’ll never forget.