US Deaf Soccer Women's National Team

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A Journey to Greatness - the USDWNT's trip to the 2016 Deaf World Cup

Support your Red, White and Blue to help fund the US Deaf Women's National Team. Join our journey on and off the field!

About the USDWNT:

The team is made up of elite deaf female athletes between the ages of 15 and 31 coming from all walks of life and all corners of the United States. The players must raise around $5,000 dollars to compete in each event because we are not currently sponsored. Keep in mind this does not include the cost of travel, food, and lodging at our training camps in preparation for these events.

All the players have a hearing loss of 55 decibels or more in the best ear. Although some of us having hearing devices, some of us don’t- so we communicate in various ways: talking, signing, lip-reading, or a combination of the three.

We are more than just soccer players; we are also high school and college student-athletes, lawyers, farmers, teachers, college coaches, etc.

There is a common misconception that a hearing device automatically restores our hearing to a normal capacity. This is not the case. We all face challenges on a daily basis, but we have learned to succeed in a world that is predominantly hearing and mostly unaware of these challenges. In doing so, we also have had the wonderful opportunity to represent our country and play the sport that we love.

The Deaf World Cup:

U.S. Deaf Soccer is a non-profit organization and we aren’t sponsored. Every player has to personally raise around $5,500 to travel to each event.
We are currently raising money in order to travel to Italy for the Deaf World Cup, which will take place in June 2016.
It is because of the amazing love and support we get from our friends, family and FANS that allow us to pursue our dreams and represent the Red, White and Blue!

Our History:

The USDWNT are three time consecutive Gold Medalists (2005, 2009, 2013) and 2012 Deaf World Cup Champions. The squad's international record currently stands at 21 wins, zero losses, zero ties. 122 goals scored, 8 goals given up.

Playing the Game:

Being on a deaf team and playing against other deaf athletes makes for a different game. In order for the playing field to be equal, all athletes must take out any hearing devices during deaf competitions. This means that we can’t hear the roar of the crowd or the playing of our national anthem. The refs use flags instead of whistles. We don’t hear our coaches yelling instructions or our teammates calling for the ball. This creates two important obstacles that hearing players don’t face: communication and balance.

Designed and Made by Players and Staff:

Our t-shirts are designed by and made by world champion USDWNT players and staff. Graphic designer Ariana Martinez, a graduate school colleague of Allie Galoob, created the soccer ball and soccer heart design you see on our shirts. Full Service Graphics in Orange County created our silkscreens. Thank you for helping our dreams become a reality.

We had so much fun with color combinations and seeing our artwork come to life as we made each shirt. We created a diverse variety of our super cool and inspiring shirts- they represent the variety of strong female athletes we have on our team.

Our Designs and Inspirations:

1) "Many Voices, One Dream" - This is a slogan that was created by USDWNT veteran Allie Galoob. In our opinion, it wholly represents our journey. Our team is diverse - some of us are old, some of us are young. Some of us use hearing devices, and some of us don't. Some of us use American Sign Language, some of us don't. Some of us have jobs as lawyers, teachers, and farmers; some of us are still in high school. Yet, we have all come together for one reason - we dream of winning a World Cup for our country. We hope that your voice will join ours and dream with us.

2) "I heart USA Deaf WNT" - We love playing the game and are able to continue in our journey with the unconditional love and support we receive from our families and friends. While the USDWNT strives to continue successfully playing international soccer, we also believe in helping grow the game for younger deaf and hard of hearing children so they too can dream of gold. This "I heart" shirt is a thank you to our supporters and inspiration to young deaf athletes to follow their dreams.

3) USADSA Logo (front); Soccer Ball Tournament History (back): This shirt has a large USA Deaf Soccer Logo on the front and we hope you will wear it proudly. The back of the shirt was designed by USDWNT veteran Kate Ward. The text around the ball is representative of each major event the USDWNT competed in - 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia; 2009 Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan; 2012 Deaf World Cup in Ankara, Turkey; 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Super Soft T-Shirts:

The company who supplies the shirts is American Apparel. This company is based in Los Angeles so the t-shirts are made in the good ole US of A. We chose to make our shirts out of super soft and comfy material. One is a 50% cotton/50% polyester material and the other is a 50% polyester/25% cotton/25% rayon material. Both fit like your favorite worn-in t-shirt.

Thank You For Your Support:

The money raised will go directly to the USDWNT's account and will help fund our trip to the 2016 Deaf World Cup in Salerno, Italy this June. Your support will reduce the personal financial burden each of the players face. USA Deaf Soccer Association is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.

Find out more:

Read an article by Kate Ward, midfielder for the USDWNT and find out more.

2016 Deaf World Cup Schedule:

Group Play Wednesday, June 22 vs. Poland 10:00am CEST (4:00am EST) Stadium of Eboli

Group Play Friday, June 24 vs. Russia 10:00am CEST (4:00am EST) Stadium of Eboli

Group Play Sunday, June 26 vs. China 10:00am CEST (4:00am EST) Stadium of Eboli

Quarterfinals Tuesday, June 28 vs. TBD 3:00pm CEST (9:00am EST) Stadium of Agropoli

Semifinals Thursday, June 30 vs.TBD 3:00pm CEST(9:00am EST) Stadium of Agropoli

Championship Saturday, July 2 vs. TBD 1:30pm CEST (7:30am EST) Stadium of Eboli

Thank you for your support. Join in our journey to greatness!

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