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Under the Lights and In the Dark
Untold Stories of Women's Soccer
Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer takes an unprecedented look inside the lives of professional football players around the world – from precarious positions in...
Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer takes an unprecedented look inside the lives of professional football players around the world – from precarious positions in...
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  • Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer takes an unprecedented look inside the lives of professional football players around the world – from precarious positions in underfunded teams and leagues, to sold-out stadiums and bright lights. Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Gwendolyn Oxenham tells the stories of the phenoms, underdogs, and nobodies – players willing to follow the game wherever it takes them.


    Under the Lights and in the Dark takes us inside the world of women's soccer, following players across the globe, from Portland Thorns star Allie Long, who trains in an underground men's league in New York City; to English national Fara Williams, who hid her homelessness from her teammates while playing for the English national team. Oxenham takes us to Voronezh, Russia, where players battle more than just snowy pitches in pursuing their dream of playing pro, and to a refugee camp in Denmark, where Nadia Nadim, now a Danish international star, honed her skills after her family fled from the Taliban.


    Whether you're a newcomer to the sport or a die-hard fan, this is an inspiring book about stars' beginnings and adventures, struggles and hardship, and, above all, the time-honored romance of the game.

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  • Gwendolyn Oxenham is the author of Finding the Game: Three Years, Twenty-five Countries and the Search for Pickup Soccer (St Martin's Press) and the director of Pelada, an award-winning documentary. She has written for The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated, and Slate, and has an MFA in creative writing. A Duke University soccer alum who played for Santos FC in Brazil, she currently lives in Dana Point, California.

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  • Library Journal

    September 15, 2017

    Fans of women's soccer face a twin challenge in the United States: the game itself is still aspiring to major league status, and women's sports are generally overshadowed by men's. There is a real sense, though, that momentum is building here and around the world for women's soccer, enthusiastically confirmed in this collection of biographical profiles by journalist Oxenham (Finding the Game). Among the voices highlighted are a gay goalkeeper in Tennessee, an African player struggling with culture shock, and an Afghani refugee--all of whom are devoted to the game they love. Oxenham's own experiences as a college and overseas professional give her special insight into the players' passion, despite their low pay and uncertain work conditions. The collection ends with a chapter about the Portland, OR, Thorns, a National Women's Soccer League team with an engaged fan base worthy of any major league team. VERDICT An eye-opening, cohesive collection of fascinating stories that will help bring women's soccer to the next level. Appropriate for high school students, public libraries, and all readers interested in the future of the sport.--Janet Davis, Darien P.L., CT

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Allison Lee, The Equalizer

    "Gwendolyn is the master at finding incredible soccer stories. These are stories that need to be heard – told in a way that leaves you begging for more."

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