2020 was a big year for women’s soccer. The USWNT won a world cup. Megan Rapinoe did all kinds of amazing things on and off the field. Alex Morgan revealed she plans to play in the 2021 Olympics months after giving birth. And there was so much more.
Only time will tell what 2020 has in store for our socceristas, but these inspirational soccer quotes from some of our favorite players will help keep you focused and motivated as you work towards your goals.
Play the game your way.
“Growing up, I was never the best athlete or the fastest or the strongest—so I had to affect the game in a different way.” – Megan Rapinoe
Be your best.
“I want to be the best at everything I do.” – Mallory Pugh
Stay true to yourself.
“I always tell kids that it’s OK to be different or feel something different. Hopefully the younger Sam would look at the older Sam and think,’That’s pretty cool that she makes people feel so confident in who they are.’ It doesn’t matter about sport, it’s more about who you are as a person.” – Sam Kerr
Believe in yourself.
“I knew I could fight my way back. I always believed.” – Ali Krieger
Practice makes perfect.
“Every session, every drill, every tactical lesson matters.” – Julie Ertz
We’re in this together.
“Women’s football — it’s not just about sport. It’s about equality. Even women who do not like football are in this fight.” – Andressinha
Greatness is achieved when no one is watching.
“People see the hat trick in the 2015 World Cup Final, but they don’t see the 12 years of sacrifice, struggle and hard work that went into that moment. Every single day I have been grinding away to become better.” – Carli Lloyd
You’re good enough.
“Tell yourself that you’re good enough until you really believe it. Trust me, it works.” – Alex Morgan
Fight for the future.
“It’s wanting more. It’s training more. It’s taking care of yourself more. It’s being ready to play 90 plus 30 minutes. This is what I ask of the girls. There’s not going to be a Formiga forever. There’s not going to be a Marta forever. There’s not going to be a Christiane. The women’s game depends on you to survive. So think about that. Value it more. Cry in the beginning so you can smile in the end.” – Marta
Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
“I am a firm believer that if you feel good and you are happy and you are doing all the things you need to on a daily basis — whether it be for your profession or as a professional athlete — you are going to be more comfortable in your skin.” – Abby Wambach
Feature photo via Instagram @abbywambach