June 06, 2017

Girl's Soccer Team Banned from Tournament : An eight-year-old girl's soccer team was reportedly disqualified from a tournament on Sunday because organizers told her she "looks like a boy."

posted by BornIcon to soccer at 10:20 AM - 4 comments

In 1990 my wife reported a similar story when we were still in college. A 10-year-old girl, Natasha Dennis, played so well in a Lewisville, Texas, soccer game that parents affiliated with the other team demanded a restroom "panty check" to prove her gender. Fortunately that did not occur. The story went national.

posted by rcade at 02:29 PM on June 06

It's a U-11 team. So at age eight, she's been age waivered up at least one age group due to ability and playing with older, bigger girls. (And there's a significant difference in speed, physicality, tactics, and field size). Able to handle that but can't overcome the idiots.

posted by beaverboard at 03:12 PM on June 06

If anyone is familiar with the American television show, "I Am Jazz," Jazz Jennings was born male in 2000, lived life as a girl since around kindergarten, but at age 8 was banned by her state youth soccer federation from playing with girls' teams. The U.S. Soccer Federation forced the state association to accept her in 2011 and adopted a transgender policy in 2013.

posted by jjzucal at 07:10 PM on June 06

Not helping this story is she was listed as a male player because of a typo

posted by prof at 09:35 AM on June 08

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