Soccerex have confirmed that Lori Lindsey, former US Women’s National team player, will be joining the programme at Soccerex USA as a speaker this November in Miami. In addition to her soccer ability, Lindsey was a huge character off the pitch and an inspiration to many. At Soccerex USA, Lori will be discussing the challenge of achieving equality in sport – and society in general – and what can be done to tackle the issues at hand.
Lindsey’s playing career spanned eighteen years, in which time the midfielder played in all three of the top women’s soccer leagues in the US: the Women’s United Soccer Association – the first women’s soccer league that paid female soccer players professionally, and the WPS league – Women’s Professional Soccer, and the NWSL – the National Women’s Soccer League that currently runs in the US. Lindsey also played for Australian W-League team Canberra United from 2013-2015, where she retired. Throughout her illustrious career, Lori made thirty-one appearances for the US Women’s National team over eight years.
At Soccerex USA, Lori will be part of the “Achieving Equality in Soccer” panel, discussing what can be done to combat the inequalities of sport. Whilst playing with the US Women’s National team, Lindsey publicly came out as being lesbian. Since retiring, Lori has been an advocate for the equality of the LGBT community, as well as equal pay in sports for male and female players. Following her retirement, Lindsey has worked with non-profit organisation Equal Playing Field (EPF), whose aims are achieving equality, opportunity and respect for women in sport. With EPF, Lindsey was part of a record-breaking project, which saw over thirty women climb Mount Kilimanjaro and play the highest altitude game of football ever.
A documentary was made by Ben Jacobs on behalf of beIN Sports, following the EPF initiative, and the project was supported by the soccer charity organisation Football for Peace. Ben Jacobs, and Football for Peace founder Kashif Siddiqi, will be joining Lori on the panel for the “Achieving Equality in Soccer” session at Soccerex USA. The panel is completed by Mayi Cruz Blanco, a Women’s Football Development Professor at the Football Business Academy. Lori, alongside the three aforementioned speakers, will provide expert knowledge into the sports industry and achieving equality, on this panel at Soccerex USA.
Commenting on the addition of Lori Lindsey to the Soccerex USA programme, Soccerex’s Marketing Director, David Wright, said, “Inequality in sports – as it is in wider society – is a huge issue and one it is important that industry addresses. Lori has been an influential campaigner for gender equality and LGBT rights – both in her playing days and after retiring through activities such as taking part in the Equal Playing Field match. We are honoured to have Lori at Soccerex USA and to add her voice added to this important debate.”
Lori will be part of an industry leading conference programme at Soccerex USA that is being developed in conjunction with an advisory board containing representatives from Concacaf, MLS and US Soccer. For more information about the advisory board please click here.
Soccerex USA is sponsored by the London Football Exchange, the world’s first fully integrated soccer club stock exchange and marketplace, and hosted in partnership with General American Capital Partners. The two day event will take place at Miami’s iconic Marlins Park and will comprise an exhibition showcasing the latest soccer business, performance and technology innovations.
Soccerex USA will include a programme of structured and informal networking events to connect delegates from across the USA and the rest of the world and it will feature a market leading conference agenda, with international experts tackling topics such as league expansion, women’s soccer, youth development, eSports, stadia technology, investment and new commercial opportunities.