Soccer….Family Style


Are you a Woman? Do you support US Soccer? We Want to Talk to YOU!
March 14, 2011, 5:57 pm
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Myself and two of my soccer travel buddies, Prairie Clayton and Kaela Porter, are three passionate ”ultra” fans of US Soccer. Over our years traveling together, we have talked about the experience of being a female soccer fan, and while preparing for and traveling to the 2010 World Cup, we decided to develop a project to tell the stories of the women traveling to games alongside us. The only qualification for inclusion in the project is that you’re a girl or woman who supports US Soccer as a fan. We appreciate your support of our project, and we look forward to telling your stories. Please forward this to any female supporter of US Soccer.

You do not have to answer all the questions, but please be as thorough as possible. If you have received a paper copy of this questionnaire, please feel free to use additional pages.

RETURNING THE QUESTIONAIRE

The best way to deliver your answers is by emailing TanyaHKeith (at) Gmail(dot)com, but you may also snail mail your answers to Tanya Keith, 4556 50th Street, Des Moines IA 50310.

PERMISSION FOR USE

By answering this questionnaire, you are giving permission for us to publish your story and/or image (we will use only first names and will use fake name if you prefer). We reserve the right to edit stories submitted. Thank you for sharing your stories.

Please write or type your initials here to acknowledge your permission to publish your story in whole or part: ________

Name:

Address:

Email:

Phone (Home/Cell):

1. Which US Soccer Teams do you follow (Men, Women, Youth, etc)?

2. Are you more passionate about one US team over another?

3. When did you first become interested in US Soccer?

4. When did you become a diehard fan?

5. What is your life outside of soccer like? (i.e. what do you do for a living, what are your other interests, do you have a spouse/partner/children? )

6. Do you play soccer or another sport? If so for what team(s)?  What position do you play?

7. Do you support a club team or teams?

8. Do you follow any teams overseas?

9. Where’s your favorite non-stadium spot to watch a US game (bar, pub, etc.)?

10. How far have you traveled to see the US play?

11. How many caps do you have (how many US games have you been to)?

12. What World Cups and/or tournaments have you traveled to?

13. Tell us about your game day routine.  What do you wear to games? How do you prepare?

14. How does being a female fan affect your experience of the game and other fans? Do you think it makes a difference that you’re a female supporter, and if so, how?

15. How do you respond to the perception that women don’t really follow sports, they’re just there because the players are hot?

16. What’s the best game(s) you ever saw and why is it your favorite?

17. What’s the best adventure(s) you’ve ever had because of US Soccer?

18. How has being a US Soccer fan impacted your everyday life?

19. If you have a significant other, how do they feel about your passion for soccer?

20. If you have children, how old are they and how do they feel about your passion for soccer? Did they grow up going to US Soccer games and or events? Have they attended games with you?

21. What else would you like to tell us about your experiences with US Soccer?

Thank you again for taking the time to complete this survey. If your story is selected for publication, we will need 1-5 high quality photos of you at US Soccer events (where you watch games, dressed up for the stadium, tailgating, etc) that you would be willing and  able to release for publication. We will also accept studio photos of how you dress for games.

We are looking for stories from many different female fans. If you know of other women who follow US Soccer, please forward this questionnaire to them, or even better, forward their contact information to TanyaHKeith (at) gmail(dot)com and she will contact them. Updated information about this project may be available at our Women of US Soccer page on Facebook or on Tanya’s blog http://www.SoccerFamilyStyle.Wordpress.com.

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