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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.
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.