Highlights

  • 'It begins from youth leagues that eventually normalises verbal abuse'
  • The report recounts various incidents of molestation, sexual harassment, and violence.

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US Attorney General Sally Q in her report highlighted that the abuse at the NWSL is 'rooted deeper in women's soccer'.

An independent investigation into the scandals at the
National Women's Soccer League revealed 'emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic' in the sport. US Attorney General Sally Q in her report highlighted that the abuse at the NWSL is 'rooted deeper in women's soccer'.

She said that it begins from youth leagues that eventually normalises verbal abuse and blurs the boundaries between coaches and players.

The US Soccer body began the investigation after former NSWL players Sinead Farrelly and Mana Shim in their account published in The Atlantic in 2021, alleged sexual harassment and coercion. 5 of 10 head coaches of NSWL later, either stepped down or were fired for allegations of misconduct.

The report that has been put together after interviewing over 200 people recounts various incidents of molestation, sexual harassment and violence.

Soccer star Erin Simon accused ex-Racing Louisville coach Christy Holly of inviting her for watching a game film, where he 'pushed his hands down her pants and up her shirts.'

Another incident involves a coach forcing female players to watch porn.

As per various accounts the league was informed about the allegations multiple times but the officials refused to investigate the allegations.

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The report also made several recommendations to prioritize players' health and safety. US Soccer President Cindy Parlow who called the findings 'heartbreaking and deeply troubling' said that the board of directors and a leadership team will immediately begin implementing the report's recommendations.

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