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The Power of Girls' Participation in Soccer: Empowering Success and Achievement

Participation in soccer, often known as the world's most popular sport, has significant benefits beyond physical health. Girls' involvement in soccer can lead to increased confidence, academic excellence, success in business, and encourages more girls to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Several stories exist of successful women in business who credit their soccer background for their achievements, highlighting the critical role that soccer plays in the long-term empowerment and success of girls.

Two FIERCE players exchange a high-five
FIERCE 08G NL Players Montse Hernandez-Soto and Aubrey Walker

Engagement in soccer provides girls with a platform to develop essential life skills, such as leadership, teamwork, and resilience, which are fundamental for building confidence and self-esteem. Through the challenges and victories experienced on the soccer field, girls learn to trust in their abilities, set and achieve goals, and overcome obstacles, all of which contribute to a strong sense of self-worth and confidence.

Research consistently demonstrates a positive correlation between participation in sports - including soccer - and academic performance among girls. Engaging in physical activity has been shown to improve cognitive function, concentration, and memory, all of which are essential for academic success. Moreover, the discipline, time management, and goal-setting skills developed through soccer often translate into better academic outcomes, as girls learn to balance their responsibilities both on and off the field.

Many of the most successful women in business attribute their achievements, in part, to their involvement in soccer during their formative years. From leadership skills to resilience and determination, the lessons learned on the soccer field have prepared these women for the challenges and opportunities they encounter in the business world.

  • Indra Nooyi, Former CEO of PepsiCo: Nooyi, who played soccer in her youth, has credited her experience in the sport with teaching her valuable lessons in teamwork, perseverance, and leadership, all skills that have been instrumental in her rise to the top of one of the world's largest corporations (Forbes).

  • Ginni Rometty, Former CEO of IBM: Rometty was a dedicated soccer player in college and has spoken about how her experience in the sport taught her the importance of discipline, focus, and resilience, qualities that have undoubtedly contributed to her success as a leader in the tech industry (IBM).

  • Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors: Barra, who played soccer in high school, has highlighted the role of the sport in teaching her the value of teamwork, communication, and problem-solving, skills that have been integral to her success in the male-dominated automotive industry (Fortune).

Participation in sports, particularly soccer, has been shown to encourage more girls to pursue STEM fields. The skills and attributes developed through sports, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork, are highly transferable to STEM disciplines. Research suggests that girls who engage in sports are more likely to express interest in STEM subjects and pursue related careers (National Women's Law Center). By breaking down gender stereotypes and fostering a sense of confidence and empowerment, soccer and other sports play a crucial role in inspiring the next generation of female scientists, engineers, and technologists.

Participation in soccer from a young age is critical for the long-term success and empowerment of girls. Beyond the physical benefits, involvement in soccer instills valuable life skills and qualities that are essential for thriving in various aspects of life, including academia, business, and personal relationships. The confidence, resilience, and leadership abilities developed through soccer provide girls with a strong foundation upon which they can build successful and fulfilling lives.

The impact of girls' participation in soccer extends far beyond the field. From increased confidence and academic achievement to success in the business world and encouragement to pursue STEM fields, the benefits of soccer are undeniable. This is why FIERCE creates opportunities for young players to keep playing soccer in an environment that develops life-ready leaders. Not only do these girls grow as soccer players, but they are cultivated as a generation of confident, resilient, and successful women, ready to excel in any field they choose.



  1. Forbes - PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi on Her Best Career Advice

  2. Fortune - Mary Barra: General Motors

  3. IBM - IBM 100: Ginni Rometty

  4. National Women's Law Center - Sports: Empowering Girls and Women in STEM


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