Editor’s note: this is the first in what will be an ongoing series of photo essays focused on the USWNT and the NWSL from photographer Jesse Louie.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this will be the longest essay I’ve ever written… and I’m technically a writer at my current job.

I’m Jesse Louie — an extremely normal and occasionally funny guy from Central Jersey (Yes, it does exist). Aside from writing terrible memes for Fortune 500 companies as a Senior Copywriter at an ad agency, I also happen to be an avid fan of women’s soccer and routinely stand on the sidelines with my camera in hand.

This post is the first in a series of photo essays I’ll be sharing with the Just Women’s Sports crowd, and I promise that the rest will focus on the incredibly talented women who compete at the highest level and not the ordinary creative who is lucky enough to spectate from the field.

Just Women’s Sports exists solely because these women, the ones whom I’ve witnessed and photographed, and the millions of others who participate and compete in sports around the globe are criminally underrepresented when it comes to mainstream media. Only 4% of sports coverage is dedicated to telling the stories of these women and by joining this team, I’m hoping to do my part to help fix that.

Here’s a little preview of what you can expect: