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A scolaire (school) girls’ team in Ben Slimane, Morocco, warms up on Mar 2. “For girls in Morocco, there are few options for them if they want to continue playing after they leave school,” writes Fulbright scholar Nicole Matuska. (The photograph is copyright © 2007 Nicole Matuska. Used by permission.) She continues:

There are very few teams and no formal national league. The biggest problems are money, infrastructure and opportunity. Football is still seen as a very masculine sport (as opposed to basketball and volleyball and track and field, which are very popular with girls), and women are often called degrading names when playing—people referring to them as “wild boys” and unmarriageable.

For more information on hijabs in women’s football, see 11 Mar 07 and 28 Feb 07. For thumbnails of available desktop images, click here.

Matuska’s entry is also the prizewinner in our quarterly photography contest. The award goes to the “photograph selected as best representing the place of football in daily life.” Matuska wins a Global Game T-shirt.

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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