WSL stars Vivianne Miedema and Lisa Evans have become the latest member of Common Goal, the initiative that sees players donate 1% of their salary to charity to drive positive change.
Juan Mata was the very first player to join Common Goal in 2017, while Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Pernille Harder, Kadeisha Buchanan and Casey Stoney are among the biggest names from the women’s game that have already made the pledge.
Common Goal has created the first ‘systemic link’ between professional football and community-based football organisations around the world. The money donated from player salaries goes to a central fund, which then allocates it to ‘high-impact football NGOs, seeking to harness the power of the sport to achieve the UN’s Global Goals – including gender equality and quality education.
Arsenal striker Miedema, who is the WSL’s all-time leading goalscorer, and Evans, who is on loan at West Ham from the Gunners this season, have now joined the cause.
“As much as money is needed to change things, I think the emotional connection will be as important,” Miedema said in an interview with Sky Sports.
“It is not just about donating the money, it is more about who you are and how you want to help, picking a project that you want to be involved with. This is something that we will be looking to grow,” she explained.
Evans revealed that she learned about Common Goal from some of her Scotland international teammates, while Miedema said that Arsenal’s Lotte Wubben-Moy also helped them get involved.
“Our platform, who we are, we need to take the opportunity to help people who need it. We can show that and I think we are privileged to be able to do so,” the Netherlands star added.