'A 22-year-old rising women’s soccer star is retiring to take a job at Amazon', said an ABC News and a young Jazmine Reeves was quite surprised to see her name splashed across the media. One of many, Reeves story proved that being a female footballer is not as glamorous as it might seem and one's career in the sport definitely has a shorter shelf life.
Fewer earnings play a role in early retirement
Before taking on a job at Amazon, Jazmine Reeves was the second-best goal-scorer of the Boston Breakers, she said, "I’m not a huge fan of taking lots of risks. When playing that first season, it ended up going very well, but I knew I had this job opportunity and I didn’t know if it would be waiting for me if I continued playing soccer. I was nervous to pass it up when I wasn’t sure what I could get in return for continuing to play soccer." In 2016, 27-year-old Keelin Winters decided to retire at the top of her game because of her earnings, she said, "I still love soccer, I’m still fit and I feel like I’m at the top of my game, so I think I could play a couple more years if honestly I were being paid, like, six figures. I could be saving for my future and then I’d probably keep playing." Although their reasons may not be all about money, it has played a big role in their decision-making and it might also deter young girls from joining the sport. However, the fact that women players peak earlier than men, might also be a reason to retire.
Indian women quit football after standard 12
The truth is that a lot of time and money goes into football/soccer and it is known as a very physically demanding sport in which an injury could end one's career. Therefore, if players aren't able to secure their future, then they will quit the sport. Similarly, in India too, women's football isn't a long career; after crossing standard 12, most girls quit the sport and they also worry what will happen to them if they don't make the Indian national team. Also, since the sport isn't as popular as cricket in India and the fact they are women, has made Indian women footballers extremely unpopular in the country. It seems as if there is no place for a woman footballer in India. What about the rest of the world? A short career that will cast doubt on the future financial trajectory is a reality for many and is causing women the world over to quit the sport unless something changes.
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