Football for Girls

In Ukraine, soccer is called “football,” as it is in most of the rest of the world besides the US. And girls typically don’t play it. But our girls do!

This fall, not only are Casey and Sophie in school together, but they played soccer on the same team. All of the girls in the bottom row of this picture are in Sophie’s 5th grade class, but they were allowed to play on the middle school team because there weren’t enough middle school girls signed up.

They had a fun season and even had a player from one of Ukraine’s professional teams helping coach them. The first day of practice, Casey came home and said that she was “so embarrassed” because this professional player is going to help coach them and they weren’t very good. I told her it sounded like the beginning of every good sports movie to me…

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