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Megan Campbell on Equality for Ireland’s Soccer Team

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Ireland Defender joins her teammates as they win their battle for better conditions and stand up for equality for the Irish Women’s Soccer Team

Megan Campbell is an Ireland International and Manchester City defender who spent three years at Florida State University where she experienced very different conditions for women playing professional football.  Last week she joined her team mates who challenged Ireland’s governing body to provide basic remuneration and resources to its national squad so they no longer had to share team kit, such as a track suit or get changed in public restrooms.  Their campaign to stand their ground for equality comes at a time which saw the US Soccer and US Ice Hockey teams win their battles for better pay and conditions to gain more recognition for their commitment and contribution to their national team. Megan has previously played for St. Francis, Raheny United and has 33 international caps for Ireland. In 2010 she was a member the Republic of Ireland U-17 squad that were runners-up at the 2010 UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship and quarter-finalists at the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Megan was signed up my Manchester City in February 2016 and is currently rehabbing from an ankle injury at their football academy.  

Megan had this to say about why Ireland’s soccer team decided to make a stand against the unequal treatment they were receiving while representing their country:

“Unfortunately, I don’t think any one of would have wanted it to come to that point, I just want to stay that from the start because at the end of the day you just want to play football, you want to represent your country but I think it was time that we made a stand and we were united together and we were all for it because I think over the last six to ten years or even more than that I just think the inequality shown in the women’s team in comparison to the men’s was lacking quite a bit and as it progressed it just got worse and worse to a point where I think where we just accepted it as the norm to be accepting of the circumstances we were in and what we were given and finally we’ve stood up.”

Podcast length: 26′ 53″

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