10 Inspirational Soccer Quotes to Bring in the New Year

2020 was an interesting year for everyone – including some pretty amazing women’s soccer moments. The NWSL hosted the inaugural Challenge Cup (which Houston Dash came out of seemingly nowhere to win). A host of USWNT stars took their talents across the pond. And there was so much more. Only time will tell what 2021 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


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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


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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

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