Soccer in Georgia: A Girls’ Game?

Giorgi Rodionov

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After one year of watching, the coach of the local team noticed her and asked her to join in. Everyone, including her family, thought that her passion would fade with time — bottom line, soccer is for boys, not girls. Ana proved everyone wrong and swapped the piano for the ball that she now kicks as a defender for Norchi Dinamoeli, a women’s football club in the capital Tbilisi. She plays in the same role in Georgia’s Under-19 women national team which is gearing up to compete in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Under-19 women championship that Tbilisi will host in 2020.

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