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Mariam Al Omaira talks barriers and strides for UAE women’s sports

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

By Laura Pappano If you are a girl in the United Arab Emirates the opportunity to play a sport, to compete, to be part of team faces barriers – but the situation is improving, says Mariam Al Omaira of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy in Abu Dhabi. Omaira, 28, ...

Marathon Olympic challenge: More female athletes, but fewer events

Friday, July 27th, 2012

  By Laura Pappano In 1963, a Sports Illustrated story headlined, “Why Can’t We Beat This Girl?” got at one tender aspect of the Cold War conflict: U.S. Olympic medal counts suffered in comparison to the Soviets because American women, we learned, “will not even try.” No need to worry about that now. This ...

The “overhyped” US Women’s World Cup team (seriously?)

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

By Rachael Goldenberg Yesterday as I was discussing the amazingness that is the US Women’s Soccer team, my male colleague said to me “the team is ok, but it just seems really overhyped.” Overhyped? Hmmm…. Has the team received obsessive, around the clock media coverage?                       Banked million dollar payouts? Have they inked hundred million dollar ...

Lilly Retirement Feels Right; Former Teammate Hucles Shares

Monday, January 10th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Somehow, when Kristine Lilly announced her retirement from soccer last week, it felt real -- and appropriate, both a rarity these days among professional athletes trying to figure out if it's time to retire (or not). Why is that? Perhaps because she didn't do it impulsively, but took several months ...

It’s b-ball season, girls: Don’t be an ACL stat. Listen to the PT.

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

By Wendy Farnen Price Girls are playing basketball with a level of passion and skill - and in numbers -- we couldn't have imagined a few decades ago (and just think how many more will be inspired to play by UConn's run on UCLA's 1970s-era win streak!). But a troubling fact remains: ...

At WPS playoff time, goalkeeping counts: what to know (and notice)

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1645" align="aligncenter" width="423" caption="Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher makes a save during practice as coach Tony DiCicco looks on"][/caption] By Laura Pappano In a sport in which 90 minutes of intense play can yield a 0-0 score (say, last Saturday between the Boston Breakers and Sky Blue FC), goalkeeping matters -- ...

Post World Cup: A celebration of the beautiful game — or just men who play it?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

By Rachael Goldenberg I had the thrilling opportunity to watch the World Cup Final at the Soweto Fan Park in South Africa on Monday. Yes, the vuvuzela howls are deafening, but I still cheered alongside 10,000 South Africans as Spain kicked in the winning goal against the Netherlands (my friend Robin ...

Kristine Lilly (oldest and fittest on team) talks age, physical play, and practicing smart

Friday, April 16th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1251" align="aligncenter" width="604" caption="Boston Breakers Co-Captain Kristine Lilly with teammates after practice on the Harvard fields."][/caption] By Lindsay Rico Soccer is -- if you look at the rosters of Women's Professional Soccer -- a sport played by 20-somethings. When #13 Kristine Lilly takes the field for the Boston Breakers' home opener ...

Does ponytail pull sully the wholesome vibe of women’s sports? Is that OK?

Monday, November 9th, 2009

By Laura Pappano NM soccer player Elizabeth Lambert’s hair yanking, punching, and nasty behavior have gone viral. She’s being labeled the “dirtiest player” in women’s soccer and – depending on who’s writing or talking – all of women’s sports. What makes Lambert’s behavior so outrageous (aside from being captured on video) is ...

Don’t just focus on why girls drop out of sports — see why they stay and play

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

By Molly Hellerman It doesn't matter to me where you play soccer -- grass, dirt, turf, parking lot, or gym floor. I have trained girls on each surface who have found their passion for the game. And yet, there is a serious opportunity gap that bothers me: Inner city and poor girls ...