World Cup Fever

N. C. State Women's Soccer team photograph

N. C. State Women's Soccer team photograph

In honor of the 2019 Women's World Cup tournament, we're sharing some of our favorite soccer pictures from the digitized collections:


Who says there's no art in sports?!


Determination, physicality, momentum, balance.


Pre-concussion protocol rules.

Now, with women's soccer in U.S., pay equality has become a widely recognized issue. While the U.S. Women's National Team has been extremely successful--and currently generates more revenue than men's soccer in the U.S.--there's is a significant pay gap between male and female players. Similarly, I'm sorry to say, men's soccer is very well represented in our photographic collection, while women's soccer, not so much. This is largely related to the fact that few physical photographic prints have been donated or transferred to the University Archives (just eight photos in the University Archives Photograph Collection, all of which are online). Representation may be more adequate in the digital photographic materials that have been transferred more recently but haven't yet been made available online. There's room for exploration and, possibly, improvement. 

Until then, we'll root on the U.S. team in the tournament, which includes four players from the NC Courage.

Resources related to soccer and sports are available in the Libraries' Rare and Unique Digital Collections site, which provides access to over a million images, drawings, video, audio recordings, and textual materials from the Libraries' Special Collections Research Center.