319-Page Report On Women’s Soccer Finds Years of ‘Systematic Abuse’

U.S. Soccer released a report Monday detailing allegations of what it calls "systemic abuse" and sexual misconduct that lasted for years in women's professional soccer.

  • The 319-page report opens by horrifically describing how Louisville player Erin Simon was reportedly told by her coach Christy Holly during a private game review session in 2021 that he would – and did – touch her “for every pass” she mishandled.
  • “Abuse in the NWSL [National Women’s Soccer League] is rooted in a deeper culture in women’s soccer, beginning in youth leagues, that normalizes verbally abusive coaching and blurs boundaries between coaches and players,” former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said in her report.
  • The report looked into allegations against several women’s professional coaches through over 200 interviews.
  • U.S. Soccer President and former professional player Cindy Parlow Cone called the report “heartbreaking and deeply troubling.”