Stories: Soccer

  • After soccer star risked all for Europe, Gambia still wrestles with why she left

    For much of Fatim Jawara’s life, almost her entire world fit here – into a single rambling stretch of dirt road in a rundown beach town at the western tip of Africa. It was here, behind the high green walls of her family’s compound, that her mother, a professional cook, taught her to make akara, black-eyed...

  • Rural Indian girls get discrimination-fighting tool: soccer

    HUTUP, India — The aging bus meanders through the narrow streets of a tiny village in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, the smell of manure wafting through the air. A thick darkness blankets the neighborhood ahead of the early morning sunrise. It’s 5 a.m., and the young girls hop on the bus, one by one. They range...

  • The Secret Life of a Saudi Women’s Soccer Team

    Sarah Attar and Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani are making Olympic history as the first two women to represent Saudi Arabia. But inside their country, women are deprived of basic sports and fitness options. Beyond just sports, most women grow up without being allowed physical education and access to gyms. Those women who do play recreational sports must do it...