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Girl's soccer team disqualified after tournament organizers say she looks like boy

06 June 2017

"When my hair starts to grow, I put it short because I always had short hair", she said.

The family of an 8-year-old soccer player said her team was disqualified from a tournament in Nebraska because organizers thought she was a boy.

"It's what she likes", he said.

That last point became an issue this weekend when Mili's all-girl team was disqualified from a soccer tournament in Springfield, Nebraska. "They made her cry".

The shocking decision left Mili in tears, her father, Gerardo, said. He continued: "She was crying after they told us..."

The Hernandez family recalled showing Mili's insurance card to the organizers, but that proof was not enough. "It's what she's always wanted, to play soccer".

"They only did it because I look like a boy", Mili told WOWT 6 News. Mili's all-girls team, the Azzurri Achurros, won two of their three games on Saturday, guaranteeing them a spot in one of Sunday's final games.

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Bianco said soccer clubs provide player names and genders for the rosters and are responsible for noticing any mistakes and fixing them. She's so good at soccer that she plays on a 11-year-old team even though she's only 8.

Springfield Soccer Club organizers declined comment to WOWT 6 News, instead directing requests to their attorney.

Now the family is angry and Mili, she feels bad not only for herself, but that her whole team had to suffer.

The tournament is already over, but Hernandez can file an appeal with the Nebraska State Soccer Association.

"Just because I can't play here, there's other tournaments that I can play", she said.

"Why they want to tell my girl looks like a boy". By Monday she was back to dribbling a soccer ball and obsessing about her favorite team, Guadalajara's Chivas.

Her brother said the tournament officials would not hear them out. However, she won't let it stop her from playing.

Girl's soccer team disqualified after tournament organizers say she looks like boy