Gender, Love, Social Justice

This soccer player knows how to kick serious ass

The first six years of her football career were spent homeless.

Hold onto your seats, because the world has two more days until international soccer superstars take the center stage on Canadian soil for the 2015 Women’s World Cup! For one glorious month, talented players from all over the world will compete head to head for the coveted trophy. Now, we know that not everyone is entirely on board with this tournament, so we have decided to share the story and profile of one superstar per day, until the day the games kick off. We are putting the spotlight on five talented ladies from all over the world, with inspiring stories, killer moves, and moving quotes ­­and if this doesn’t get you hyped for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, nothing will.

Without further ado, I present you, Fara Williams.

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Name: Fara Williams
Country: England
Jersey Number: #4
Age: 31
Place of Birth: London, England

English midfielder Fara Williams has been playing for the national squad since 2001, appearing in matches 138 times and scoring a total of 37 goals for England. In 2014 she became England’s most capped player, and will now lead the team into their competition in Canada this summer.

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Williams’ incredible story began on the streets. The first six years of her football career were spent homeless — a reality many of her teammates were unaware of. Her two worlds were kept completely separate, yet today she awaits her 129th appearance on the national team against France. She has spoken openly, sometimes breaking down to tears, when sharing her past, but continues to hope it supports others. Her love for the game, and struggle to stay in it is truly inspiring to girls all over the world.

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“I had football. A lot of homeless girls have nothing.” – Fara Williams

 

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