Soccerwomen: The Icons, Rebels, Stars, And Trailblazers Who Transformed The Beautiful Game by Gemma ClarkeSoccerwomen: The Icons, Rebels, Stars, And Trailblazers Who Transformed The Beautiful Game by Gemma Clarke

Soccerwomen: The Icons, Rebels, Stars, And Trailblazers Who Transformed The Beautiful Game

byGemma Clarke

Paperback | April 16, 2019

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Bold and inspiring profiles of the pioneers, champions and future heroines of women's soccer around the world.

Women's soccer has come a long way. The first organized games on record -- which took place three hundred years ago in the Scottish Highlands -- were exhibition matches, where single women played against married women while available men looked on, seeking a potential mate.

Today, champions like Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Brazil's Marta and China's Sun Wen, have inspired girls around the world to pick up the beautiful game for love of the sport. Inevitably, given the hardships and discrimination they face, women who play soccer professionally are so much more than elite athletes. They are survivors, campaigners, political advocates, feminists, LGBTQ activists, working moms, staunch opponents of racial discrimination and inspirational role models for many.

Based on original interviews with over 50 current and former players and coaches, this book celebrates these remarkable women and their achievements against all odds.
Gemma Clarke is a British sports journalist based in the US. She has written about soccer for The Guardian, The Observer, The Times (UK), the Daily Telegraph and the London Evening Standard. She was writer and editor of the League Leader and the first female publications editor for a Premier League soccer club. She wrote minute-by-min...
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Title:Soccerwomen: The Icons, Rebels, Stars, And Trailblazers Who Transformed The Beautiful GameFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 5.95 × 1.25 inPublished:April 16, 2019Publisher:PublicaffairsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1568589212

ISBN - 13:9781568589213

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"You could describe Gemma Clarke's Soccerwomen as a who's who of women's soccer. But it is so much more than that. Her charting the birth of women's soccer in the munitions factories of England to the nuances of its development in the US and the fights for equal rights and pay, better conditions and just the right to play, is peppered with the rich stories of some of the game's most well known names--and those less well known but deserving of a place in the spotlight. Rich storytelling brings to life players sporting achievements and their off field battles, including; homelessness, alcohol abuse, injury, concussion, parenthood, the effects of natural disasters and war and sexuality. An inspirational read that will tell any young or aspiring player going through a difficult time that they can make it and they are not alone."-Suzanne Wrack, women's soccer correspondent for The Guardian