Girl Banned From Soccer Tourney Because ‘She Looks Like A Boy’, Gets Support From Abby Wambaugh, Mia Hamm

  • Rick Chandler


Mili Hernandez is good at soccer — so good that at age 8 she plays on a team of mostly 11-year-olds (Omaha’s Azzuri Cachorros). But this is Nebraska, where the fields are vast and the adults are half-vast. Because Mili has a short haircut, Springfield Soccer Club Tournament officials determined that she’s a boy.

So sure was this league president that he not only kicked Mili out of the tournament, but he disqualified her entire team. And that’s why we call them the flyover states, folks. Logic and compassion seem to be above everyone’s head.


This weekend Mili helped lead her team to the finals of the Springfield Soccer Club girls tournament. However, before taking the field on Sunday, Mili and her team were suddenly disqualified. Springfield soccer organizers insisted Mili was a boy.

Gerardo Hernandez told WOWT 6 News that his daughter “was in shock.” He continued: “She was crying after they told us… They made her cry.”

Mili’s family claims they showed her insurance card to tournament organizers in an effort to prove she’s a girl. It wasn’t enough.

But Mili has backup.

Mia Hamm also offered support … and a place in a USWNT-sponsored tournament.