Title IX and Global Football, featuring Briana Scurry


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Tempe campus
Sun Devil Football Stadium, San Tan Ford Club

No law has been more important to the global development of women’s soccer than Title IX, the U.S. civil rights law that mandates equal educational opportunity on the basis of gender. While the rest of the world considered football to be a manly sport, improper and too dangerous for women, in the United States women’s soccer stepped into a vacuum created by American football, catapulted by Title IX and universities’ investment in collegiate women’s soccer. Now athletes around the world in women’s soccer are demanding equal treatment and equal pay from their federations.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, and the Sport Humanities program at Arizona State University is leveraging this moment to reflect on the global impact of the American law, and women athletes’ unrelenting drive to make football for everyone. This fall there is also a Men’s World Cup, and ASU will be the hub of all things World Cup in the Valley with Sparky’s Cup: ASU Celebrates the World’s Sport.

Join Arizona State University on October 4 for “Title IX and Global Football,” as we converge our Title IX and World Cup celebrations.

We are thrilled to announce that Briana Scurry will be our featured guest for “Title IX and Global Football.” Scurry was the goalkeeper of the World Cup winning “’99ers,” the most significant U.S. Women’s National Team in history. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, served as starting goalkeeper for the USWNT for a decade, and enjoyed an elite soccer career spanning four decades. Briana Scurry is the author of the new memoir My Greatest Save, and the subject of the new documentary The Only, which will be screened as part of the event.

Following the documentary screening, Briana Scurry will be joined by a panel of former and current players and academic experts from the United States, Mexico, and England.

What better way to celebrate the World Cup at ASU than to start with women’s soccer, in this 50th anniversary year of Title IX.

This event is a cross-collaboration of two initiatives, combining the Sport Humanities' Title IX 50th anniversary series & Sparky's Cup: ASU Celebrates the World's Sport

Panel: Briana Scurry, World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist, author of the new memoir My Greatest Save, and the subject of the new documentary The Only (View documentary trailer HERE)

Kelcey Ervick, professor of English, Indiana University, South Bend, author of the graphic memoir and history of Title IX, The Keeper, former college soccer player

Lindsey Meân, associate professor in ASU's Social and Behavioral Sciences

Paola Lopez Yrigoyen, professional soccer player for Cruz Azul, Pachuca, and Pumas

Alexia Delgado, Sun Devil Soccer Captain and Mexican national team player

Nicole Douglas, Sun Devil Soccer career goals record-holder and English youth national team player

Hosted by: Victoria Jackson, clinical assistant professor in ASU's School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, former college and professional track and field athlete

Sponsors: The Global Sport Institute, Sport Humanities, ASU Humanities, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, Convergence Lab, Sun Devil Athletics, ASU Provost's Office

October 4, 2023 | 3:30p - 7:30p

Event schedule:

  • 3:30-5:45 screening of Briana Scurry's documentary, The Only, followed by Q&A
  • 5:45-6:00 brief intermission
  • 6:00-7:30 panel: Title IX and Global Football