#lovefutbol interview with World Cup winner and Olympic gold medalist Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak

AS THE U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM PREPARE TO TAKE ON GERMANY LATER TODAY IN A WIN OR GO HOME WORLD CUP MATCH, LOVE.FÚTBOL HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVIEW TIFFANY ROBERTS SAHAYDAK.

KNOWN FOR HER STOUT DEFENDING, BALL-WINNING ABILITY AND COMPETITIVE SPIRIT, TIFFANY DEBUTED FOR THE U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM AT THE AGE OF 16 AND NEVER LOOKED BACK. FROM BEING A MEMBER OF THE ICONIC 1999 WORLD CUP WINNING TEAM TO PLAYING IN THE FIRST FULLY PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S soccer LEAGUE IN THE U.S., TIFFANY WAS ONE OF THE MANY PIONEERS IN THE HISTORY OF U.S. WOMEN’S SOCCER TO PAVE THE WAY FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW AND PURSUE THEIR PASSION for soccer. NOW A COLLEGIATE WOMEN’S SOCCER COACH IN FLORIDA, SHE STRIVES TO PASS ON HER EXPERTISE and LIFE LESSONS TO THE NEXT CROP OF ASPIRING FEMALE SOCCER STARS. 

1.What does soccer mean to your life besides your professional experience? 

Soccer IS my life!  It has provided me with so many opportunities and has connected me to the most wonderful people in the world!  I love how soccer brings cultures and people together.  

2.How can soccer contribute to the gender issues discussion? What sort of impact can sport have on girls and women?

Sport is a wonderful gift for any human being.  For anyone to not provide this gift to girls or women is a travesty. It should be a human right!  Sports help teach life lessons such as teamwork, responsibility, perseverance...just to name a few.  It also has an impact on one's self confidence and health.  The benefits of sport will live with someone forever. It is all so positive!  

3.How do you think the world would be if all girls had their right to play guaranteed? What people can do toward this?

As mentioned above, the benefits are all so positive.  I love how sport can help women with their confidence and leadership skills.  Sport can help women feel confident to take on leadership roles within the community. Communities and their leaders can provide equal opportunities for them, as well as create special events that get women and girls to play.  Also, families need to be educated on all of the benefits sport can provide the girls. We need the parents to be supportive and believe in this too.  

Tiffany with her two daughters (Layla , 7 and Evie, 5) at her recent soccer camp for girls at the University of Central Florida. 

Tiffany with her two daughters (Layla , 7 and Evie, 5) at her recent soccer camp for girls at the University of Central Florida. 

4. What message do you have to girls who like and want to play soccer? 

If girls like and want to play soccer...then just do it!  Take action. Gather your friends and just get out and play!