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How soccer can change the world

The road to equality in women's soccer

Originally Published: June 13, 2011
By Awista Ayub

My identity personally and professionally has been closely intertwined with soccer.

In 2004, I set out to start a soccer program for a group of young Afghan girls. I wanted to bring them to the U.S. and teach them the fundamentals of the sport allowing them to bring that knowledge home to continue to play the game and share it with other young girls.

Why soccer?

I had no intimate connection to the sport but understood a few things about the "global game." It would ...

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