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New York | Acting on intrigue developed from watching brothers, fathers and husbands play football to their exclusion, women from Honduras and Mexico have overcome initial resistance and formed a local Latina league that now includes more than 200 players with roots from across Latin America, reports Elena Cabral for National Public Radio. The suggestion is that this involvement has only become possible by leaving their native countries.

I think the governments in our countries, they are not as interested in women’s sports because they still have that machismo that women are for the kitchen, for being in the home, caring for the children,

says Juan Carlos Martí­nez, a coach and the husband of one of the players.

Today I think women have the same rights as men because women take on as much as men, and maybe more. They work outside the home and still are taking care of the children.

About the Author

John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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