Transgender striker Mara Gomez on December 7 realized the dream of playing professionally after a long struggle.

In January 2020, Gomez signed a contract with Villa San Carlo, the club of the Argentine women’s league. However, as a transgender, the 23-year-old striker cannot play for this club.

The picture of Mara Gomez standing next to another rookie, Ludmila Angeli, on the club’s website became a hot topic in the country of tango. Local media said the transfer was a historic event when for the first time a female transgender player played in an official Argentina Football Federation tournament.

After 11 months of fighting, Gomez convinced the Argentine Football Federation to accept that her being a transgender did not bring physical injustice or strength to female colleagues. Specifically, a blood test showed that the testosterone level of Gomez met the standard for a female athlete.

On November 28, AFA approved her to play in the women’s league in Argentina. Gomez then kicked his debut with Villa San Carlos on December 7, but lost to rival Lanus with a strong score of 1-7.

However, Gomez could not hide his joy with this pitch. She was even prepared by teammates for the number 10 shirt, the number of the idol Diego Maradona’s shirt.

This is a long road, full of troubles and worries. One of her life’s greatest goals was accomplished. The striker also thanked Villa San Carlos for giving her the opportunity to play professionally.

At a women’s tournament in La Plata, she showed high performance and continuously scored goals, thereby attracting the attention of professional football team Villa San Carlos.

In South America, Argentina is a leader in the recognition of transgender identities. They passed the law in 2012, allowing people like Gomez to change their citizenship sex when they turn 18. In this country, the life expectancy of transgender people is only 32 to 40.

Yuki Nagasato is a female striker who joined the Japanese team to win the 2011 Women’s World Cup. She made a new mark of history when joining the Hayabusa Eleven men’s soccer club in Japan.

She signed a loan agreement from the American women’s football club Chicago Red Stars to the Hayabusa Eleven men’s soccer club (Japan). Nagasato will be the first female player in Japan and one of the very few in the history of football to play for the men’s team.

Nagasato’s new team, Hayabusa Eleven Club, is playing in the amateur Kanagawa Prefecture League. It is about 7 places lower than the J-League.

Nagasato has a illustrious resume in the world of women’s football, having played for big clubs such as Chelsea (England), Wolfsburg, Frankfurt (Germany), etc. She is on the payroll of the American club Chicago Red Stars.

At the national level, Nagasato played for the Japanese women’s soccer team for more than 130 games and contributed 58 goals between 2004-2016. Including three times to attend the World Cup in 2007, 2011 and 2015. She is also the mainstay of the Japanese team on the way to the historic golden trophy at the women’s football World Cup 2011.

Despite being 33 years old, Nagasato still maintains an impressive performance. Last year, she was an important factor that helped the Chicago Red Stars Club win the runner-up of the American Women’s Football Championship with 8 goals and 8 assists.

So it is not surprising that a press release from the management of the Chicago Red Stars Club states that Nagasato will only be loaned to this season. She will return with the Chicago Red Stars ahead of the new season of 2021.

Nagasato wasn’t the first female player to seek an opportunity with a semi-professional or professional men’s team. Earlier this year, the Dutch Football Federation announced that 19-year-old Ellen Fokkema player will be allowed to play for VV Foarut in the Dutch 9th division as part of a pilot program.

4 Lauren James | Manchester United

As soon as he made his Manchester United debut in the FA Women’s Super League in September 2019, Lauren James received a lot of attention when he possessed speed, technique and power.

Even Vicky Jepson, the Liverpool women’s team coach, must give her all the praise when it comes to her. Since then, the 18-year-old striker has scored seven more goals in every arena and has become an important factor in Casey Stoney’s squad.

3 Claudia Pina | Barcelona

Spain is the birthplace of many technically excellent players and Claudia Pina is one of them. She can handle any situation cleverly, always calm and confident in front of goal.

Pina’s scoring record at Spain’s youth levels is remarkable: As of February 20, she had 37 goals in 39 appearances for U17, U19 and U20 teams, accompanied by It is the title of European and world champion U17 ages.

2 Jordyn Huitema | Paris Saint-Germain

For many young athletes in North America, studying at the university while practicing sports is the first choice. The possession of professional knowledge will help them get career opportunities immediately after graduation.

Most athletes show off their natural talent before turning 18, and Jordyn Huitema is just one of them. However, she bravely dropped out of her studies to find Europe and joined Paris Saint-Germain.

At the age of 18, Huitema has made 30 appearances for Canada. This female player also contributed greatly to bringing back the ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer.

1 Lena Oberdorf | SGS Essen

The history of German football has turned into a new page when Lena Oberdorf first appeared at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. In place of Birgit Prinz, one of the greatest names in women’s football history, Oberdorf became Germany’s youngest player to play at the world’s No. 1 playground.

At this time, Oberdorf is playing in many positions based on the coach’s arrangement. She can play as a central defender, central midfielder, full back and even wingers. With her flexibility and natural talent, Oberdorf became an indispensable pillar at the club and the national team when she was just turning 18.

The Spaniard recounted that Irene Gonzalez was an endless source of inspiration for the development of women’s football later in their country. To the world, the story of Irene Gonzalez overcoming stigma is an anecdote for the battle for gender equality in this sport.

Today, after nearly a century, people in La Coruna still keep two memorabilia about Irene Gonzalez to prove that she is a pioneer in women’s football and gender equality in Spain in particular and the world in general. It was the only photograph of Irene standing in front of the goal, her face radiant, her feet resting on the ball, her long-sleeved shirt and baggy skirt all over her knees. The second keepsake is a popular song in the city in northwestern Spain to praise her.

According to historical records, women’s football first appeared in the UK in the second half of the 19th century and competed according to the rules of men’s football. Even a match in 1920 between the two women’s teams in Liverpool attracted 53,000 fans. It is considered a great achievement for women’s football, but it has led to unpredictable consequences. Football Federation England due to being threatened by the size of women’s football, ban women from playing football in men’s courts. But in Spain, one girl who broke those bans to inspire women’s football development was Irene Gonzalez.

Irene was born in La Coruna on March 26, 1990, 7 years after football was introduced to the vast Galician region of Spain by a student returning from England and only 3 years after founding Deportivo La Coruna, a Famous club of Spain. Irene grew up in the northern neighborhood of Orillamar, where she was fascinated by street football games and then joined despite the objections of some local boys. In 1924, at the age of 15, the young girl Irene participated in matches throughout the region, mainly at the A Estrada, Monelos and Riazor courts, where Deportivo La Coruna Club later built the stadium of the team. Irene initially played as a striker but later became a great goalkeeper with brave performances and always attracted the cheers of the crowd.

2. Online football games you should try when not on the field

2.1. Funny Soccer

Your mission is to stop your opponent from scoring and trying to kick the ball into other team’s goal. It’s an international championship so that you will play against other countries. Before the game starts, please choose the country that you want to wear a shirt. Then, you have to move your character by using the left and right arrow keys, z key for heading the ball, and x for kicking. It would be best if you waited for the referee’s whistle to start the game or end the game. Try to stop your opponent and score as much as you can.

2.2. Goalkeeper Premier

If you are not good at defensive or offensive positions, why don’t you try the goalkeeper? You are the last line of defense, and you are the one on the field who can touch the ball by hand. In this game, you are in a real match where you can hear the applause of your fans. And, your job is protecting the goal. You have to stay focus and push the ball out of the danger zone.

It’s not too difficult to play this game. First, you can choose to play for your favorite club. You have to keep an eye on the ball and use your mouse to stop or catch the ball. If you can push the ball out of the goal, you receive one glove as a bonus. And if you can pick the ball, you get two gloves. The more gloves you can collect, the higher the reward you get. However, if you let the opposing team score, you lose all your gloves. At first, it isn’t effortless for you to move your mouse to stop the ball. But, when you get used to it, you will feel comfortable with this game and enjoy it more.

In general, football is always a favorite sport for everyone. This sport is so famous that those who are not fans of football must see a football match once. 

1. Soccer fun facts

  • The origin of soccer

In the 1850s, this game came to the U.S through New Orleans. And, it’s said that Irish and Scottish immigrants imported this game to this country. Then, it became widely famous and was played in every street in America. In 1908, soccer officially became an Olympic sport.

For those who don’t know anything about football, each team must have 11 players on the field. The number of subs is unlimited. The positions of the players are not fixed. These different positions are goalkeeper, centre-back, sweeper, fullback, wingback, centre-midfielder, defensive midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger, forward and striker. The jobs of each player in the field depend on the strategy of the coach. 

  • Soccer pitch

People play soccer on a particular grassy field called a pitch. This field is generally between 100 and 130 yards long and from 50 to 100 yards wide. If you only play regular soccer with your friends, you can play on any terrain. But, for any special competition, this pitch has to meet various criteria about the grass on the field, the lines, etc. Everything must be perfect.  

  • Six and ten miles

This is the average number of miles that players run in one game. Each match of football lasts 45 minutes. And, sometimes, there is extra time. So, except the goalkeepers, other players have to run around the field for 90 minutes, which requires them to have high physical strength. However, not all players have to play in 90 minutes. If the coach wants to change the strategy, he will exchange players.

2. Online football games you should try when not on the field

2.1. Funny Soccer

This game is enjoyable and comfortable. You don’t play in a team with ten other people; you will face your rival alone. 

People play sports because they want to express their passion. People practice sports because they want to improve their physical strength and their shape. And people watch sports because they can experience different feelings. Sports have existed for centuries and still stay some of the people’s pastimes. And, since online sports games appeared, people have played them with joy and excitement. All online sports games are based on real sports. Some games follow the real rules, while some have a little modification.

Soccer is played almost all over the world, with various competitions from the biggest ones like the World Cup, to different leagues such as the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, and many women football matches. When it comes to the coolest sports games to play today, football is also a particular category with various exciting games. Before taking the plunge in this fantastic sport, you might want to know some interesting, fun facts about football.

1. Soccer fun facts

  • The origin of soccer

As we might know, soccer originated in England. But, some historians suggest that the origin of soccer dates back over 2000 years and involves various countries such as China, Greek, Egypt. At this time, people coming from these countries played games involving a ball and feet. Players had to use their hands, feet, or a stick to control the ball. In Roman times, there was a game called Harpastum. In this game, two teams tried to possess a small ball as long as possible. However, it’s said that this game is more similar to rugby than modern soccer.

Thanks to British sailors, traders, and soldiers, soccer was introduced to different parts of the world. This fact is widely recognized, even though FIFA claims that there are no connections between the origin of this game and Europe.

1. Mia Hamm

Lilly, Akers, Foudy, as well as the ’99ers’ rest, helped inspire one generation, yet no player had one more significant impact than this player.

For several years, Mia was soccer’s face in America.

The year’s two-time FIFA Player as well as two-time runner-up, she netted one then-record 158 global goals during an illustrious career. Not all, she owns the standard of USWNT with 145 assists as well as being among six players with more than 274 caps.

She celebrated victories at the 1999 and 1991 World Cups as well as the 2004 and 1996 Olympics en route to 2007’s Hall of Fame.

In 2008, one image of her silhouette was employed in the logo for the soccer league of professional women in the United States.

For the first match of March 2019, the national soccer team of the women of the United States women each wore one jersey with the name of one woman who they were honoring; Samantha Mewis selected the name of Hamm.

Considered as among the greatest women football players of all time, she was one athletic, technically gifted, and dynamic striker, famous for her skill, speed, footwork, stamina, as well as ability on the ball, other than her consistency. An agile, excellent dribbler, she was much considered for her control, along with with her grace, pace, as well as elegance in possession. As one prolific goalscorer, she was famous for her accurate and powerful striking ability. Also, she was one hard-working and creative forward, and one team player, who can assist many goals for the teammates, due to the accurate passing. She was willing to support her teammates defensively as well when possession was lost. Above all, she was highly capable of playing in various offensive positions. Generally, she is a marketable female athlete of the generation.

4. Kristine Lilly

She is the record holder of the USWNT with over 350 caps. She had more than 125 goals, and over 105 assists – both of them are top-three totals. Also, she wore the armband of the captain late in her career.

Yet, her brightest moment was indeed a save.

During the 1999 World Cup (WC) final’s sudden-death extra time, she headed off the line for ultimately keeping the U.S. alive. Her team, in the end, won in penalty kicks―plus, yes, she hammered home one of those.

3. Abby Wambach
Among more than 180 goals she scored, she used her head over 75 times. Unforgettably, the player saved the U.S. from their earliest WC exit with one 122nd-minute equalizer against rival Brazil in the tournament’s quarterfinals in 2011.

And it sparked one considerable surge in the sport’s following.

She participated in four WC and two Olympics, scoring over 22 times in more than 30 appearances. She won the FIFA World Player in 2012 and is one member of the Hall of Fame class in 2019.

2. Michelle Akers
She set one still-standing record with ten goals in 1991 at the inaugural WC. During the final, Akers scored both goals in two vs. one triumph over Norway.

The player appeared in over 150 games for her country, totaling more than 105 goals and over 35 assists while playing as one forward and midfielder.

She, in 1994, was diagnosed with her fatigue syndrome. Reportedly, she changed her diet as well as hydrating more, which let her become a key contributor to the 1996 Olympic goal medal of the Americans and 1999 WC victory.

In 2000, she retired as well as being remembered for her production and diverse skill set.
She was an iconic warrior, according to former USWNT head coach.

7. Joy Fawcett

Over the ten years, you may not be able to watch the American women taking the field without witnessing Joy in the lineup.

This magnificent center back played all the minutes of 2003, 1999 and 1995 World Cups (WC) as well as the 2000 and 1996 Olympics. She managed to score the goal in the 1999 WC quarterfinals that was against Germany as well as knocking home one penalty kick in the WC final shootout vs. China.

She also served as the UCLA soccer head coach while playing for her national team. This girl compiled one 65-24-7 record as well as guiding the Bruins to the NCAA tournament appearances.

6. Hope Solo

As controversial as she was, Hope worked to dominate during the long stint as the top goalkeeper.

She recorded over 100 shutouts―one international record. Plus, she attained gold medals at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012 as well as a WC in 2015, achieving the Golden Glove award from the WC in 2011 and 2015.

5. Carli Lloyd

She already built one impressive resume leading to the WC in 2015, yet the three-goal performance of hers from the final strengthened her place as one USWNT legend.

Carli needed only about 15 minutes for completing one hat trick, thus memorably launching the fantastic third goal from midfield. The player attained the Golden Ball as the top player of the tournament, ending the WC with six goals.

Maybe the most clutch moment of Lloyd came in Olympic gold-medal match in 2008. She worked to break the deadlock of 0-0 with one goal within the last 96th minute for winning over Brazil. 

Also one recipient of one gold medal at the Olympics in 2012—scoring up to two goals in the memorable final—the midfielder went to 2018’s 100-goal mark. Impressive!