NoMoreSideHustles calls out NWSL for pro women’s soccer salaries

NoMoreSideHustles calls out NWSL for pro women’s soccer salaries

Waking up at 3 a.m. to handle an early shift at Orange Theory.

Working a 10-hour shift on her feet packing Amazon boxes before heading to coach a group of young girls.

Cleaning homes for extra cash. Mopping floors. Teaching a 6 a.m. high-intensity interval training class.

These are just a few of the side hustles that professional soccer players in the National Women’s Soccer League have picked up to make ends meet — and it’s a reality they hope to alter.

The NWSL Players Association, the union that represents the top professional women’s soccer players in the United States, has been flooding socialmedia since late July with testimonials like these to spotlight the low wages across the league.

Dubbed the #NoMoreSideHustles campaign, the initiative highlights a bleak reality. In order to afford playing soccer professionally, many players in the NWSL are working two, three or even four jobs at a time — all while juggling the physical and mental demands that come with being a pro athlete.

North Carolina Courage's Jessica McDonald waves to fans during the trophy presentation following an NWSL championship soccer game against the Chicago Red Stars in Cary, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

“I have to constantly make sure I load my weekly schedule with enough [coaching] sessions to earn enough money,” Sabrina Flores, a Livingston native and defender with Gotham FC, said in her testimonial. “However, I also have to think about balancing my ‘physical load’ so that I don’t put myself at risk [or] a disadvantage for my own physical performance on the field.”

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